Urban cuckoos

Subject: Urban cuckoos
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 09:58:59 +1000

A new bird for the home list (Richmond, 5.5 km from the GPO) in inner suburban Melbourne.

On a very sunny Sunday morning (21 August) we heard a single Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo giving its sad, descending whistle from atop a power pole in the street.

This is the first record we have had of the species in 16 years at this address.  The only other cuckoo was a Pallid many years ago.  Interestingly the bird wasn't being harassed by the local Common Mynahs which usually hound anything unusual as soon as it appears.

As Melbourne is still very much in winter, this seemed to be an early record of the species to me.  What are people's experiences with cuckoos returning in southern Victoria, especially the suburbs?

Martin O'Brien
Richmond, Melbourne

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