Pheasant Coucal in an Alice Springs backyard

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Subject: Pheasant Coucal in an Alice Springs backyard
From: Mark Carter <>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:32:41 +0000 (GMT)
Hi Birders,
At a party last night a friend showed me a picture taken on his mobile of the 
'big tame mystery bird' which has been drinking from his swimming pool in 
Northside Alice Springs: a Pheasant Coucal! 
This is interesting: 'normal' Pheasant Coucal distribution only comes within 
700km of Alice Springs but in 2010 Chris Watson heard one calling in banks of 
the Hugh River 60km west of Alice, in September Barbara Watkins and I found one 
at Burt Creek 60km north of Alice and in mid October Bruce Wedderburn had one 
down near Erldunda 170km south of here. Now this bird has turned up in Alice 
Springs itself and is reportedly quite settled. 
Pheasant Coucal is a pleasant addition to the Alice Springs garden birds list. 
There is still no sign of any Koel this season but they may be out there- at 
least two chicks were fledged in Alice last summer.
If any birders see either of these species while in the Red Centre this summer 
please inform myself and Chris Watson (via

By the way, I still have some Scopacs left so if Santa brings you a scope for 
Christmas you might want to drop by my website and check them out.

Mark Carter

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