Little Bronze-Cuckoo at Byfield

To: "'Greg Roberts'" <>, <>
Subject: Little Bronze-Cuckoo at Byfield
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 15:06:58 +1000
G'day Greg,

I would put aside the call you heard and look more closely at the bird
because it is even less likely to be a Gould's BC than a Little BC from what
I can see in the photo. Your bird has an obvious golden yellow iris. Adult
male of both Little and Gould's are both ruled out because they have red
eyes and eye-ring, females of both have dark eyes with a pale eye-ring usual
set in a darker surround especially so with Gould's females which are also
typically a rather darker bird generally and never with a yellow green rump
and tail which on this bird is the same colour as the back, should show a
good degree of rufous on rump and tail. There are other features as well but
I recon this is enough to go with and point to Shining Bronze Cuckoo.

Cheers Jeff.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Greg Roberts
Sent: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 6:54 PM
Subject: Little Bronze-Cuckoo at Byfield

People interested in bronze-cuckoos might want to take a look at the
photograph of the bird in this post:

Not a great picture but the bird was calling at the time, just like a Little
Bronze Cuckoo, and the eye colour appears to rule out the race minutillus,
which is migratory in south-east Queensland. 

This suggests the tropical race russatus, which until recently was regarded
as a separate species. If so, the area where I saw it, Byfield, is the most
southerly location known for that subspecies, although it has been reported
from there previously.

Several other birds occur south to this region, including Broad-billed
Flycatcher and Little Kingfisher.

Greg Roberts


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