Channel-billed cuckoos overwinter?

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Subject: Channel-billed cuckoos overwinter?
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:37 +1000
Hi All,

Not exactly the NT, but I reported a Channel-billed Cuckoo winter sighting
for Sydney on Birding-aus a couple of years ago (see below). In response,
Nikolas Haass extracted three other winter records for this species from
Eremaea NSW (also shown below).  So it would seem that there are a few CBCs
that overwinter in Australia. First-year birds perhaps? Today, we've had a
few winter records reported on Birding-aus from NT & Qld.  It would be
interesting to see if there are other winter records of this species. 

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW

From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:53 PM
Subject: Channel-billed Cuckoo in Sydney
Mid morning I saw an adult Channel-billed Cuckoo in my neighbour's eucalypt
tree.  It was being mobbed by a pair of Australian Magpies with some
assistance from Noisy Miners.  Pied Currawongs raised a Channel-billed
Cuckoo in that same tree last summer (reported on Birding-aus).  I think the
magpies will be nesting soon, but this is the earliest time of the year that
I've seen a Channel-billed Cuckoo in Sydney.  I'd be interested to know if
there are any other CBC records from Sydney at this time of the year.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW

To: Stephen Ambrose <>, ""
Subject: Channel-billed Cuckoo in Sydney 
From: Nikolas Haass <> 
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:17:56 -0700 (PDT)
This is from Eremaea NSW, period June-August, 2006-2012:

8/26/2007 Channel billed CuckooPennant Hills 
 Nick Hodges takes the prize for the first Channel billed Cuckoo record of
season, with one heard on the 26th and seen the next day. 
 Nick Hodges via birdline phone service 2/9 #23196 

7/22/2009 Channel-billed CuckooNorth Bombi, McMasters Beach 
 John McLennan advises that at 700 hrs this morning a calling Channel-billed

Cuckoo was flying around his property which is about 2 kms south of
Beach on the Central Coast. In addition Dellas Johnston saw a Channel-billed

Cuckoo just north of Taree on 12/7/09. Both of these records are presumably,

early and out of season records for this summer migrant, the bulk of whose 
population normaly arrives in Stember. 
 Alan Morris 22/7 #49477 

8/31/2010 Channel-billed CuckooPennant Hills 
 Have just received the Latest newsletter from Birding Australia (FOC) and
that I can beat the earliest sighted Channel-bill in the Sydney area: 31 8
The earliest I have heard one since living in the area. (The first Koel in 
Pennant Hills was later for me: 10 9 10). Also seen 1 8 10 in Cherrybrook
a Brown Goshawk. 
 Nick Hodges 13/11 #71618


Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

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Sent: Friday, 18 July 2014 3:10 PM
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Subject: Channel-billed cuckoos overwinter?

Hi all, 

So far as I can tell CBCs are permanent in Lawn Hill, Musselbrook area.
Every time I've been there in winter they've been there. 


Eric Vanderduys
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-----Original Message-----
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Michael Tarburton
Sent: Friday, 18 July 2014 1:20 PM
To: Alastair Silcock
Subject: Channel-billed cuckoos overwinter?

G'day Alastair

Not quite in the NT, but just into Qld, we have had Channel-billed Cuckoos
at Lawn Hill Station and Gregory Downs CV Park 25-28 July 2009.  This is in
the southern Gulf Country.

Cheers & Happy birding


On 18/07/2014, at 11:55 AM, Alastair Silcock wrote:

> Do channel-billed cuckoos overwinter in the Northern Territory?

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