Re: Pallid Cuckoo behaviour

To: <>, "birding aus" <>, "Ian Fraser" <>
Subject: Re: Pallid Cuckoo behaviour
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 15:26:47 +1000
It is not uncommon for fledgling cuckoos to be fed by other than their foster parents. Such is the pulling power of a big mouth and a cute squeak. Adult Cuckoos, like adults of other birds, are apparently at least sometimes susceptible to the charms of cuckoo chicks and will feed them. It doesn't mean that the adult Cuckoo raised this chick and the chances that it did are really remote. It also doesn't mean that it is that bird's chick (though of course there is every chance that it is).
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From: Ian Fraser <>
To: birding aus <>; Cog line <>
Date: Friday, 20 October 2000 14:41
Subject: [cog-l] Pallid Cuckoo behaviour

Last week, in the Whipstick Forest north of Bendigo, central Victoria,
we were attracted to an immature (1st year) Pallid cuckoo by an
extraordinary harsh call, rather like the 'shaaah' of a rifle bird. It
was sitting out in the open, and while we watched it was approached and
fed by an adult Pallid! This happened three times, though we couldn't
see what it was being fed.

THis was a newie on me, though HANZAB has a few references to it. Any
thoughts as to why? Could the adult recognise its chick after it's been
reared by someone else? Any chance it reared its own? And if NOT its
own... All too hard for me!



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