"'Kevin and Gwenyth Bray'" <>, <>
"Philip Veerman" <>
Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:07:05 +1100
feet are diagnostic (don't show in the photo). WW is a passerine, so each
foot 3 toes forward & 1 back. Cuckoos have zygodactyl feet, 2 toes
forward & 2 back.
you remember what the bird’s nostrils looked like? It is a bit hard to see from
the photo whether they are raised away from the bill rather than just opening in
the top mandible. If they are raised then you do have a cuckoo but at this stage
it is a bit hard to tell what species. From the colouration I am inclined to
think it may be a Willie Wagtail but won’t put money on it. Tell your friends to
keep an eye on it and if it outgrows the nest then it will be a cuckoo, possibly
either a Pallid or Brush.
and Gwenyth Bray [ Sent: Friday, 3
January 2014 8:19 PMTo:
Subject: [canberrabirds] Wagtail
Is this a wagtail
chick? It is in a nest on a farm near Bredbo, where three eggs had been
laid. Now there is only one chick and it looked very big for its stage of
development, so I was wondering if it might be a pallid cuckoo
Can anyone enlighten
me? Our friends are away for a few days, but I have asked them to keep
their eyes on its growth after they return.
0406 376 878 (mobile Kevin)
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