Fwd: [BIRDING-NZ] Alert: Shining-bronze cuckoo eating an e

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Subject: Fwd: [BIRDING-NZ] Alert: Shining-bronze cuckoo eating an egg
From: Chris <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:29:14 +1000
Hi all, just wanted to pass on a fascinating observation of a cuckoo eating an 
egg from New Zealand. I knew they would remove eggs from a nest but wasn't 
aware eating them was included.


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> Date: 24 November 2010 18:40:50 AEST
> Subject: [BIRDING-NZ] Alert: Shining-bronze cuckoo eating an egg
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> Brent Stephenson has posted an important post on the website.
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> Here's the text of the post:
> Hi all,
> Also whilst doing bird counts today I looked up to see a shining-bronze
> cuckoo about 3m away from me. The bird was an adult and it had an egg in
> its bill! I'm guessing the bird was a female and had just laid its egg in
> a nest and removed one of the hosts eggs. The bird had clearly cracked one
> side of the egg with its bill, and was holding it upright, with its beak at
> a 45 degree angle. It was clearly swallowing the contents of the egg, and
> once the shell was empty discarded it, then wiped it's bill clean.
> From the look of the egg it was definitely not a grey warbler, nor a grey
> fantail (both these species have eggs with speckles). It wasn't a dunnock
> either - not blue enough, more greeny. The only species which springs to
> mind and matches is keen if anyone recognises the species.
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> Full details and another photo on my
> Cheers,
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