ID please

To: 'Denise Kay' <>
Subject: ID please
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 04:52:55 +0000

Yes, it is not a common visitor. It is a “Rare non-breeding visitor”.  From the last COG ABR, it looks like just three (separate) records that year. Including multiple repeats of the one bird at Lake Ginninderra peninsula in February. Which is the only time I have ever seen this species (though been near a couple other times). I can’t see the toes clearly enough on that photo to be 100% on that, although I believe it has the typical cuckoo foot.




From: Denise Kay [
Sent: Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 3:40 PM
To: Philip Veerman
Cc: Marnix Zwankhuizen; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] ID please


many thanks, I didn’t know about the toes .


So,  not a common visitor then ?


I will keep an eye out for a better shot ..



Denise Kay

Flying Fox Coordinator

ACT Wildlife



On 11 Dec 2019, at 2:59 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:


My immediate thought also was Black-eared Cuckoo (an adult, not a juvenile). The first photo should be enlargable on your screen and if clear enough, you should be able to see if it has two toes directed backwards. That alone would prove if it is a cuckoo. And if it does, it certainly is a cuckoo and not a honeyeater, nor any kind of passerine.




From: Marnix Zwankhuizen [m("","marnix.zwankhuizen");">] 
Sent: Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 1:51 PM
To: Denise Kay; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] ID please


The colour, size and length suggest a black eared cuckoo rather than one of the bronze cuckoos. Likely a drought refugee.





From: Denise Kay <m("","denisekay49");">>
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:48 pm
To: Marnix Zwankhuizen; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] ID please 


It is in Giralang , I back onto to Ginninderra creek. 


I originally thought it was the white plumed or yellow faced honeyeater as it is the same size .


I think it is still around I will try and get a better shot.


here is another one of the tail 





Denise Kay

Flying Fox Coordinator

ACT Wildlife



On 11 Dec 2019, at 1:05 pm, Marnix Zwankhuizen <m("","marnix.zwankhuizen");">> wrote:


Hi Denise,


It looks like it could be a black-eared cuckoo.


Where did you see it?






From: Denise Kay <m("","denisekay49");">>
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:35 pm
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] ID please 


I have checked all my books , it must be juvenile something. Disappeared before i could get a really detailed shot .Giralang  





Denise Kay


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