Re: Currawongs and Channel-billed Cuckoos

To: "alan morris" <>
Subject: Re: Currawongs and Channel-billed Cuckoos
From: "Lesley & Michael Brooker" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 08:27:38 +0800
Hi Birders,

Whilst Channel-billed Cuckoos most often lay only one egg per host nest, it is not uncommon for them to lay two or even 3 in a nest. Goddard and Marchant (Australian Birds 17:65-72) have published a table in which they show some records of 5, 6, 7 and 8 cuckoo eggs in the nests of crows. Three was the most they recorded in a Pied Currawongs nest. Salter (Bird Observer 559) found a nest with "three channel-bills of different ages, the first one leaving the nest three weeks before the last one. In 1977 the crows raised two of their own species plus one channel-bill. The young crows left the nest several weeks before the cuckoo.."

Lesley Brooker
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