Fan-tailed Cuckoo migration in southern Victoria

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Subject: Fan-tailed Cuckoo migration in southern Victoria
From: Neville Schrader OAM <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:56:51 +1000
The species occurs in all months in the Central- west with most winter records being on lower western slopes, so there would appear to be a possible altitude movement west from the higher country around Orange. I've no doubt that winter temperatures have some effect on this movement. It will interesting to see if there is any change to this species dispersal pattern with raising temperatures.

Good birding


-----Original Message----- From: Greg and Val Clancy
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:53 PM
To: Kev Lobotomi ; Guy Gibbon ; 'Peter Ewin' ; 'SonjaRoss' ; 'Birding Aus'
Subject: Fan-tailed Cuckoo migration in southern Victoria

HANZAB states "Partly migratory.  Variously considered migratory, resident,
and nomadic, seasonally nomadic or partly nomadic.  Migration considered
incomplete and irregular.  Patterns of movement throughout Aust. complex and
not properly known: timing and extent of movements vary across range.  For
migratory birds, relations between breeding and non-breeding areas poorly
known: generally considered to move N from se. states in non-breeding
season - N and inland in winter, but studies at individual sites reveal no
clear patterns."

On the NSW North Coast the species is more common (or more obvious) during
the autumn and winter, especially in drier forests and residential areas,
but appears to be present all year in wetter habitats.


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

-----Original Message----- From: Kev Lobotomi
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:04 PM
To: Guy Gibbon ; 'Peter Ewin' ; 'SonjaRoss' ; 'Birding Aus'
Subject: Fan-tailed Cuckoo migration in southern Victoria

HI people!
In my experience Fantailed Cuckoo are definitely migrants with most heading
north for the winter. In spring & autumn many of them fly into house windows
etc., as shown by upsurge of museum specimens & visitations to public
gardens like Alma Park in St.Kilda. A number however also stay & sometimes
they can be heard in the middle of winter. Much of this I think is due to
conditions, I've seen them in places with caterpillar infestations & if it
is a good year for caterpillars many of them stay behind. So partial migrant
I suppose would be the closest term.-Kevin Bartram

To: ; ;
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:28:38 +0200
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Fan-tailed Cuckoo migration in southern Victoria

Pizzey an Knight states that Fan-tailed Cuckoo is part-migratory with an
inland autumn migration. I suppose you might describe it as a post-breeding
dispersal, with some moving inland and others remaining.  In the apps the
distribution map colours indicate the movement between summer and winter
quite well.

Guy Gibbon

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