Black-eared Cuckoo

To: 'Con Boekel' <>, 'canberrabirds chatline' <>
Subject: Black-eared Cuckoo
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:37:58 +0000
Hi Con,

That would almost be worth going for but sorry, from the great photo I suggest 
it is a young Horsfield's BC. Aren't photos annoying sometimes..... Not that I 
am familiar with BeC but I have checked the basic books. On what basis? It is a 
bit too brown and not enough grey all over, it shows clear reddish areas in the 
tail BeC should be all grey, there is just some flank bars showing, the face 
marking appears not quite strong enough for a BeC but a bit strong for a HBC. A 
young Horsfield's BC is very much expected there at this time. BeC whilst 
possible is surely rare.

What other comments on this?


-----Original Message-----
From: Con Boekel 
Sent: Wednesday, 20 January 2016 10:37 AM
To: canberrabirds chatline
Subject: Black-eared Cuckoo

At Campbell Park this morning, a Black-eared Cuckoo.

Breeding: White-winged Trillers, Magpie, Noisy Miner, Speckled Warbler and 
Varied Sitella are still (dy). I observed a Brown-headed Honeyeater work on a 
nest until it was chased away by a Dusky Woodswallow which then worked on the 
nest.  Weebill (on). A pair of Brown-headeds lurked while the Woodswallow was 
doing its home improvement routine.  Immatures include Black-faced 
Cuckoo-shrike, Leaden Flycatcher, Galah, Laughing Kookaburra, Common 
Bronzewing, Dusky Woodswallow, Grey Fantail, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Crimson 
Rosella, Eastern Rosella. A pair of Sulphur-cresteds is chewing away at a tree 

Image: Black-eared Cuckoo
Location: Horse Gate area, Campbell Park
Date: 20 January 2016
Photographer: Con Boekel

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