Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 12:36:29 +1030

To: Andrew Plimer <>,
Subject: Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 12:36:29 +1030
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 14:13:49 +1100
Andrew Plimer wrote:

Hi All,

I just returned from Gluepot with a few good sightings (Pied Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo, Splendid Fairy Wren in breeding plumage).

One example of bird behaviour I witnessed which I found very interesting was an adult Pallid Cuckoo feeding a squawking juvenile Pallid Cuckoo. The juvenile was not in a nest and was flying to the adult on command when it had caught its latest feed.

As they are parasitic, I found this behaviour very interesting. Has anyone else witnessed similar?



Several years ago we saw a very streaked and spotted Pallid Cuckoo being fed caterpillars by an adult bird. This was in northern Victoria, on the way to Hattah.NP. Correspondence in the 'Bird Observer' as I recall was not very conclusive - one party claiming that it could be male feeding female in courtship, (but do female Pallids resemble immature in pattern?), and others that adults do in fact feed adolescent young. I incline to the latter interpretation.
Anthea Fleming
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