Juvenile cuckoo ID help

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Subject: Juvenile cuckoo ID help
From: "Gordon and Pam Cain" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 13:14:02 +1100
My son and I watched a superb fairy-wren feeding a juvenile cuckoo larger
than itself on the morning of Jan 1. I couldn't find good pictures of
juvenile cuckoos on the web, but think it is a Horsfields:



It has a dark line through the eye, like the adult, and a paler line running
down from the bill.


My other son and I observed it this morning - he stalked to within less than
2M of it for a good view. It has a dark line running straight down the back,
and reddish trim on either side of the tail. It also had a scalloped pattern
on the wings when seen from behind.


There was no obvious barring yet on the chest.


So was it a Horsfields?


Thanks in advance for replies

Gordon in Schofields, NW Sydney






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