Cuckoo I think

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bushanwater
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Cuckoo I think

Well I'm stumped. Took this yesterday at Baldwin Swamp, I think a juv cuckoo but no idea which one. Any ideas?

Amateur

Brush Cuckoo would be my guess.

Tassie

Yep agree,you did wll to get a close shot mate.

DenisWilson
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Although BiBY talks about barring on immature Brush Cuckoos, I feel that a juvenile Shining Bronze Cuckoo is more likely.
Just a guess, on my part.
Size would be a determinant, if you can remember how small or medium it was.
Calls totally distinctive.
Cheers
Denis

bushanwater
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This bird was very quiet, I don't remember any call at all. Definately larger than the grey Shrike thrush that was in the same area.

See Yez
Trev

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Denis, you're the expert compared to me, but I still think it is a brush cuckoo for several reasons, which you will probably correct me anyway and prove me wrong, but.

1) The green seems quite apparent, even in the immature birds there are hints of green which is not visible from this angle of the side.

2) I'm not sure about the juv ones but the barring on the adult ones of the SB Cuckoo stretches up to the face generally.

3) And finally when I was scouting through some SB Cukcoo photos they all seem more of a light brown - brown colour, unlike this bird which is more of a greyish colour like most Brush Cuckoos are.

Thanks, Amateur

ed
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Hi Trev
My first call on seeing the picture, before reading the other replies was Juv Brush, your size comparison with the GSHTH would seem to point that way.

Ed Townsville NQ

bushanwater
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It was there again today so when I get the chance for more pics and different angles i'll take them.

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Trev

ed
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Hi Trev
Can't see this guys breast but some similarities, I think...
Brush Cuckoo

Ed Townsville NQ

gez
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In my book there is an Oriental Cuckoo, a migrant from Asia, which occurs all along North and east coasts of Australia. Looks exactly like your pics.

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