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|From:||Martin Butterfield <>|
|Date:||Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:37:39 +0000|
A few minutes ago I heard an unusual call in our garden. I'd describe it best as a "weee-you", quite melodious in tone with a slightly rising inflection on the you. After a little time searching I traced the call to an juvenile Fan-tailed Cuckoo, and I saw it make the call. However a few seconds later I heard the call again from a different direction, without the juveniles bill opening. Assuming it wasn't a very smart bit of ventriloquism I moved my search to the alternate area and found an adult Fan-tailed Cuckoo.
This somewhat surprised me as I wouldn't have expected the Masters of Delegated Brooding to display family ties and would have thought such calling back and forth to be contact prior to breeding, which is contra-indciated by:
So was the adult investing its time in a bit of cradle-snatching or was this two birds teaming up for migration? Os something else?
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