yellow-eyed cuckooshrike

Subject: yellow-eyed cuckooshrike
From: Ronda Green <>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:11:47 +1000
This morning I saw a yellow-eyed (also called barred) cuckooshrike feeding on 
figs on our home property at Running Creek (southeast of Rathdowney).  I recall 
having seen them eating figs here way back in the late 80's, but haven't seen 
them since.  They are wide-ranging but not  really common and I remember the 
vet at Taronga Zoo being quite excited when I told him we had some at home. I 
have a (not very good) photo of it with a fig in its mouth on the Scenic Rim 
wildlife Facebook site The fig is 
the one that used to be known as Ficus platypoda but I think has now been put 
in with F. rubiginosa even though the ones on this side of the border don;t 
have the rusty colour under the leaves, leaving F. platypoda as the name of 
others in northern and western (including Uluru!) regions.
It was a good morning - I also saw a white-faced heron 'buzz' a platypus 
(presumably trying to catch a fish the platypus had disturbed), and an azure 
kingfisher (which often follow platypus was sitting just downstream.



Ronda Green, BSc(Hons)PhD
Chair, Scenic Rim branch, Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld

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