Not Swifts but Coucals.

To: "birding-aus" <>, "Frank Hemmings" <>, "Bruce Cox" <>
Subject: Not Swifts but Coucals.
From: "Mike Tarburton" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:08:41 +1000
Dear confused Birding Ausers

Well at least the subject line is confusing.  However, in an attempt to clarify 
the coucal issue I submit the following. We often seen Pheasant Coucals fly on 
our campus (near Port Moresby in PNG)- often 50-80m but sometimes up to 100m.   
This is level flight or sometimes even slightly uphill, and is certainly more 
than gliding.  They still do a lot or walking and taking small flights from 
branch to branch to get up a tree. 

Happy coucal and swift watching


Dr Mike Tarburton
Dean: School of Science and Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB, Boroko
Papua New Guinea

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