To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Bronze-cuckoos
From: Bill Jolly <>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 17:20:30 +1000

Horsfield Bronze-cuckoos are well into their breeding cycle here in the Lockyer Valley, with young already on the wing.


Only yesterday (1st September), I was watching two poor little Brown Thornbills being run off their feet by the demands of a plump fully-fledged young Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo.


Fan-tailed Cuckooa are plentiful throughout the valley, but just a few Pallid Cuckoos are around and no Channel-bills or Koels yet – but any day now!


Bill Jolly



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Lawrie Conole wrote:
  No bronze-cuckoos yet ........

Good reason for that - they are all in the Capertee Valley (central NSW).

I put a posting on birding-aus a week or more ago mentioning cuckoos in the Capertee Valley and there appetite for hairy caterpillars.

Well, the numbers are increasing.  On one property I'm sure we saw the number of Fantailed Cuckoos and Shining Bronze-cuckoos increase dramatically over several days.  Just about everywhere you looked there were Shining Br-cuckoos siting in wattles, on fences, in the grass, on the ground.  Many with hairy caterpillars in bill.  Obviously word is spreading that the tuckers good.  How many birds?  No idea but they certainly number in the dozens.  Pallid and Horsfields also present but not in the same numbers.


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