Probable Oriental Cuckoo Yamba, NSW

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Subject: Probable Oriental Cuckoo Yamba, NSW
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:10:11 +1100
I was carrying out banding and flagging of Pied Oystercatchers in the Clarence 
Estuary near Yamba on Wednesday when I saw a large grey cuckoo flying across 
the water from Dart Island to the Clarence Estuary Nature Reserve.  My initial 
impression was that it was an Australian Hobby and Gary Eggins thought it at 
first looked like a Collared Sparrowhawk.  Once it could be seen more clearly 
it was obviously a cuckoo.  Oriental and Pallid Cuckoos can look very hawk-like 
at first glance.  On size, colour and shape I am fairly confident that it was 
an Oriental Cuckoo however it was some distance away and I could not see the 
underparts and so did not see any prominent barring which is characteristic of 
the Oriental.  It could possibly have been a grey male Pallid Cuckoo but I 
don’t think that it was.  If anyone is in the Yamba area it would be good to 
look out for this bird.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

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