To: Bruce Cox <>
Subject: Koels
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 17:22:07 +1000
The oddest cuckoo observation that I've recorded was a juvenile Pallid
being fed by at least 3 different species at Stanthorpe, S Qld. I have
video of Silvereye, White-naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeater if it
could be used.

Tom Tarrant

On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 14:05:45 +1100, Bruce Cox <> wrote:
> From: Del Richards 
> Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Koels 
> Hi Del and Birding-ausers, 
> Quite a few years ago at Port Macquarie I saw a male koel feeding what
> looked like a berry to an immature koel, I was never sure whether it was
> feeding a young bird or courting a female in immature plumage. 
> Several times over the years I have seen immature and adult cuckoos
> together. Koels and Shining Bronze Cuckoos are two that come to mind. I am
> sure there is some kind of a bond there. 
> In the early 1990's I saw a male and female koel apparently supervising Red
> Wattlebirds feeding two koel young, one of these young was beginning to get
> black (male) adult plumage. 
> I am sure we still have a lot to learn about our birds.  
> Bruce Cox.  
> 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. 
> Regards, 
> Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ. 

Tom & Marie Tarrant
Samsonvale, Qld
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