To: "Glassco" <>
Subject: Koels
From: "Del Richards" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 21:58:53 +1000
In many years of observing I have not noted any ineraction between the larger cuckoos with immatures although I ve come accross records in literature. At Gracemere near Rockhampton Q. in late May 1994 I located a pair of Blue-faced Honeyeaters were rearing a young Koel. This is the latest that I had seen a cuckoo being fostered.
    In February 2002 in riverside vegetation beside the Daintree an adult Gould's Bronze-cuckoo had an immature in tow and feed it with insects on two occassions as we watched. The young bird was begging and there was no sign of any foster parents. This proves that they have some form of parenting instinct at least.
Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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