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

To: Chris <>,
Subject: Fwd: [BIRDING-NZ] Alert: Shining-bronze cuckoo eating an egg
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:47:43 +1100
English folksong:
The Cuckoo's a bonny bird, she sings as she flies,
She brings us good tidings, she tells us no lies.
She eats the little birds' eggs to keep her voice clear,
And never sings 'cuckoo' till summer is near.

Anthea Fleming

On 24/11/2010 9:29 PM, Chris wrote:
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


Brent Stephenson has posted an important post on the website.

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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