re: Fan-tailed cuckoos

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Subject: re: Fan-tailed cuckoos
From: Jim Caine <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 16:39:55 +1000
Hi all,

According to the Atlas of Victorian Birds (1987) 

"Fan-tailed Cuckoos are partial summer migrants to Victoria from further north, 
although those that remain during winter usually stop calling and become 
inconspicuous". p 159.

Presumably this means some migrate north and some don't ?

My impression here in Maribyrnong (Vic, Melb.) was that one arrived recently. 
None were sighted over a period of 7 months of regular observations prior to 

The Atlas entry goes on to indicate that reporting rates for Fan-tailed Cuckoos 
in April, May and June were at 5%  - the lowest level - and then peaked at  
25-30 % in September, October and November. The reporting rates do show 
prescence all year.

If some migrate, it seems likely that they return in August and September ??

Pizzey and Knight says "part migratory".
Simpson and Day indicate annual migrant.
Slater, Slater and Slater say "common resident or south-east; 
common migrant in Tas."
Michael Morcombe says "partly locally migratory"

So where does that leave us ? Somewhere in between resident and migratory ?

Neither are fully correct.


Jim Caine

Jim Caine

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