To: "Zoe Wilson" <>
Subject: Bronze-Cuckoo
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 17:12:16 +1100
Hi Zoe,

I received my copy of the February issue of the Bird Observer today and noted 
the photograph of the Bronze-Cuckoo on page 9.  I believe that the bird is in 
fact, a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, and not, as indicated, a Horsfield's 
Bronze-Cuckoo.  My reasons are that there is too much green on the back, the 
barring on the chest/belly doesn't always go completely across on the Shining 
Bronze,  the characteristic dark line through the eye is missing - there is 
some dark mottling below and behind the eye but this is different to the dark 
stripe on a Horsfield's, the brown cap is typical of the Australian race 
(Golden Bronze-Cuckoo) whereas the nominate New Zealand race is green on the 
cap and mantle.  A very good ID character is the amount of rufous in the tail 
(unfortunately not shown in the photos) a large amount in the Horsfield's and a 
small amount in the Shining.

Bronze-Cuckoos can be difficult and we also have the Little Bronze-Cuckoo in 
our area to make things interesting.  Adult males are easy to tell with their 
red eye rings but females are somewhat similar to Shining Bronze-Cuckoos.

I have banded a number of Bronze-Cuckoos over the years so have had them in the 
hand.   The best way to distinguish them is from their calls.


Greg Clancy

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