A bronze-green passage migrant? in Brisbane

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Subject: A bronze-green passage migrant? in Brisbane
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:56:50 +1000

I was doing the rounds of the Roma St Parklands at lunch time when I saw a bronze cuckoo by the lake in the RSP - it was a small passerine about the size of a brown honeyeater, albeit broader in the body and a squarer tail. It had a couple of broad bars on its under tail coverts, barring on its chest and shining bronze-green wing coverts when angled in the sun, grey otherwise. Without binos I could see it had a brown eye but couldn't discern an eye ring.

I suspect it was an immature Little-Bronze Cuckoo. It the first small cuckoo I've seen in an inner city location, and an unusual bird to see less than a kilometre from the concrete jungle. Is it likely to be migrating south?

The other passage migrant seen in the parklands is a Rufous Fantail, lurking in the "rainforest" section. There is also a Buff-banded Rail running around in the gardens that back onto Wickham Tce. There used to be a few running around the Spectacle Garden, but they disappeared years ago.

Regards, Laurie.


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