You've discovered Channel-billed Cuckoos, sometimes affectionately called the
Yes they are indeed parasitic cuckoos that visit out more temperate latitudes
during the austral summer.
They parasitise birds in the magpie / currawong range size and it seams a
mystery that their victim parents realise that they are a problem when spotting
adults flying around (hence the attacks upon them), but can't recognise (or
just don't do anything about) the youngsters in their nest.
On 16/11/2013, at 2:01 PM, Kate Rees wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> My name is Kate and I live on the coast of NSW in Manly, I came across
> your list through my local library where I work as a librarian on the
> weekend, and I was very pleased to find such a list!
> I've been on maternity leave after finishing my job in the CBD and have
> started noticing the birds that live around the local area, both those who
> seem to inhabit the region year round and the "blow-ins" that flock in at
> various times throughout the year.
> My question is this: I have noticed a large grey bird that often appears in
> pairs, (I have also observed them flying in a group) that are being
> fiercely attacked by the local magpies, noisy minors, the occasional crow
> and even sea eagle. I have never seen them before, they have a large
> piercing cry and seem to roost or rest in the local Norfolk pines. They
> look a bit like a crane, without the long neck and legs. They also have
> long fan-like tail. The reason why they interested me was because I
> wondered if they could be a kind of cuckoo, or a bird that displaces the
> eggs of other birds because they seem so hated. All you have to do is look
> up in the sky if there is a commotion and these birds are invariably at the
> centre of an attack.
> Thanks for your help, I look forward to your replies.
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