Pied Currawong & Fostered Channel-billed Cuckoo

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Subject: Pied Currawong & Fostered Channel-billed Cuckoo
From: "Greg Roberts" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:48:01 +1000
An ever-hungry juvenile Channel-billed Cuckoo is presently being attended by
its foster parent, a Pied Currawong, in my Sunshine Coast garden. The
curious thing is that the head of the currawong is bald, with the area of
baldness coinciding with the extent of the bird's head that disappears into
the mouth of the cuckoo at feeding time. So, is the currawong losing
feathers due to cuckoo-feeding?

Greg Roberts

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