another bird identification request

To: Chris Sanderson <>, "" <>
Subject: another bird identification request
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 19:16:19 +1100
Chris Sanderson wrote:
> > > 5. Some type of cuckoo I belive:
> > >
> > >
> > Most likely a Fantailed. I have seen plenty of them at Birrarung.
> > I dont have a guide, so im not sure if its a Brush.
> Ok, it's definitely not a fan-tailed or brush cuckoo.  Neither species
> have breast banding.  Nor does the Pallid Cuckoo.  I'd say it's an
> Oriental Cuckoo, which is pretty exciting.
> Regards,
> Chris - Broome Bird Observatory
> --------------------------------------------
Chris, I would be VERY surprised indeed if an Oriental Cuckoo appeared
in Melbourne!
On the Occam's Razor principle, I believe it's a young fantailed cuckoo
- note yellow eye-ring. The dark-brown plumage with barred breast is a
juvenile/immature plumage. Many years ago I was severely puzzled by such
a bird at Hattah NP.  Mr MacEvey, then chief of the Melbourne Museum's
Ornithology Dept., showed me numerous cuckoo specimens in the old
dungeons under the Russell Street building, and the young FTC exactly
matched the photo.
Anthea Fleming
in Ivanhoe, not far from Birrarrung Park.
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