Black-eared Cuckoo

To: Philip Veerman <>, 'canberrabirds chatline' <>
Subject: Black-eared Cuckoo
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:48:21 +0000
My thanks to Geoffrey  Dabb and Philip Veerman for pointing out that the
Black-eared Cuckoo is a juvenile Horsefield's Bronze-cuckoo.

PS. Chiz.

On 20/01/2016 11:37 AM, Philip Veerman wrote:
> 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?
> Philip
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Con Boekel 
> Sent: Wednesday, 20 January 2016 10:37 AM
> To: canberrabirds chatline
> Subject: [canberrabirds] 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 hollow.
> regards
> Con
> Image: Black-eared Cuckoo
> Location: Horse Gate area, Campbell Park
> Date: 20 January 2016
> Photographer: Con Boekel

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