Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

To: "Erika Roper" <>
Subject: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
From: "Jack & Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:35:04 +1100
Erica, yes most definitely, the stripe through the eye distinguishes it from the Shining, and the rufous edges to the tail you can see on the third slide (bird on the ground) are very diagnostic (it used to be called the Rufous-tailed Bronze-cuckoo!).  It also appears to be shown on the second slide.
In fact the third slide looks much more like a more mature bird – are you sure the first two are the same bird, or is the other perhaps one of the original “parents” hanging around as they sometimes do?
It’s not an unusual bird for our area, though there don’t seem to have been that many round this year (see my column p1 of the February Gang-gang).
Jack Holland
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 1:51 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
I just returned from a walk around Bungendore that started out as me chasing after some YTB Cockatoos that I heard down the street. I ended up finding what a believe to be a juv. Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo. I've never seen one before and my field guide does not have pictures of juvs so I may be wrong. Feel free to correct me. Is this an unusual bird to see in this area?
It was hanging out on powerlines and in some trees, but it did make one short foray to ground level where it fluttered around a bit. Would the still obvious yellow gape indicate that it is still dependent? Other birds in the vicinity were house sparrows, yellow-rumped thornbills, tree martins and a willie wagtail.
It didn't let me get too close so the photos aren't great, but they are good enough for an ID, yes? Also, I apologise if the size of the files is wrong. I am unsure as to the preferred limit.

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