Channel-billed Cuckoo & Peregrine

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Subject: Channel-billed Cuckoo & Peregrine
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 22:12:48 +1100
Hi Birders,
I was interested in David Webber's description of a Channel-billed Cuckoo chasing and attacking a Peregrine. While I have not experienced that behaviour before with Channel-bills, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that a Peregrine might prey upon a juvenile Channel-bill ( I have come across a Peregrine feeding on a freshly killed (still warm) Little Pied Cormorant which would be of similar size). At this time of the year, adult Channel-bills make contact with their offspring and possibly/probably depart north with them, and it could well be that an adult Channel-bill was taking either precautionary action to protect its young or it is possible that the Peregrine had already made an attack on a young bird and the adult was retaliating!!
Most Channel-bills have already departed northwards from NSW by now, so the observation is a late date!
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer
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