Backyard invasion by Channel-billed Cuckoos

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Subject: Backyard invasion by Channel-billed Cuckoos
From: Jack Shapiro <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 15:28:18 +1100
Dear Ted,

Many thanks for your observations of the Channel-billed Cuckoos.  What you said is very interesting, and I wonder whether the 4 birds you saw last year are the same ones that I saw yesterday ago !   previously I have only seen one of the cuckoos always

Actually ,another thought occurred to me ,although it may be too much to expect of birds.  Is it just possible that these birds are clever enough to create a commotion to distract the currawongs, in whose nest they lay eggs, and give a female CBC an opportunity to lay an egg while the others are being pursued.  What do you think of this idea?

While the CBC's stayed around the neighbourhood all day yesterday, calling intermittently, they were completely absent today.

Jack Shapir

> From: "Charles E V Nixon" <>
> Organization: Macquarie University
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> Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 12:02:53 +1100
> To: Jack Shapiro <>
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> Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Backyard invasion by Channel-billed Cuckoos
> Dear Jack,
> I had the same experience at Ball's Head Waverton a year ago.
> Again, 4 birds, making such a racket that I was induced to drive to
> the scene from my home across Berry's Bay, just in time to see 2
> birds fly off and the remaining pair mating, with the male(?) at one
> point flying upside down and grabbing the beak of the other bird
> with its bill. A pretty spectacular sight. The Noisy Miners, whose
> angophora patch this is, were impressed enough to be ( for them)
> relatively quiet spectators.
> Ted Nixon
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