Little Bronze-Cuckoo display and unusual call

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Subject: Little Bronze-Cuckoo display and unusual call
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:08:46 +1100
On Thursday January 8 Russell Jago and I were carrying out a Coastal Emu survey 
in the Brooms Head and Sandon area, NSW north coast.  While observing an adult 
male Coastal Emu with 8 black-headed juveniles foraging actively in a paddock 
along the Brooms Head Road at Taloumbi we heard two Little Bronze-Cuckoos in a 
nearby paperbark. When I located the Cuckoos I could see that they were both 
adult males. One was displaying to the other by spreading its wings and one was 
calling with a harsh call that I had not heard before. It was neither of the 
calls described for the species in HANZAB. I thought I saw a third Cuckoo but 
as the two males were moving about a fair bit it was hard to tell if there was 
an additional bird. A Forest Kingfisher was heard calling in the distance. The 
Emus disappeared suddenly when two Dingoes showed up.

Has anyone else witnessed this display and heard the unusual call?


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
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