Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo feeding it's own young

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Subject: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo feeding it's own young
From: "Helga" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2006 13:26:03 +0930
Hello all. Yesterday at the sewerage ponds at Berri, SA, I witnessed a 
Horsefield's Bronze Cuckoo feeding it's young a big caterpillar. It was quite 
close and I had excellent looks. It wasn't until later that I realised this 
goes against everything we know about Cuckoos. First I thought it might have 
been a male feeding a female as part of their courtship. But after consulting 
my books to see what the female and juvenile look like exactly compared to the 
male I had to conclude that what I saw beeing fed really did look like a 
juvenile. It was duller, more brown around the head and the eyestripe was less 
Has anyone witnessed this before or do you think it was a male feeding its 
female after all?
Thanks. Helga Kieskamp.

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