Unknown bird species??

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Bax155
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Unknown bird species??

We see this bird every afternoon in our front yard, people have told us its a storm bird as it makes a wierd call when rain is due!! But as an avid python owner I now there is a proper common name and scientific name to this gorgeous bird and was wondering if anyone can help me with its identification??
Cheers
Bax

Bax155
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Sorry about that picture, 1st time posting here and didnt realise how small the picture had to be, hopefully this ones better!!

DenisWilson
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That is a Pheasant Coucal.
They ar3e a type of Cuckoo, but they build their own nests.
http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=177

Unusual to get such a good look - they are skulkers.
Cheers
Denis

Bax155
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Thanks very much for your help!! We see him everyday around 4 in the afternoon, he's not shy either!!

Andy
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Hi Bax,

That's an awesome photo of a bird that, as Denis mentioned, is often difficult to see. Where was this photo taken? The Pheasant Coucals in my area (inner Brisbane) are a lot more shy.

Andy.

Bax155
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Thanks Andy, it was taken at Bargara which is on the coast near Bundaberg. Next time I see him Ill try and take some good photo's, I only took this one quick so I could post it on here to find out what type of bird it was, so keep an eye out for a thread titled Pheasant Coucal at Bundy!! soon..

Bax

raysimula
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These things are very common around Kyogle where I live and I have been trying to get a photo for about twelve months. I often see them on the roadside but as soon as I stop to snap them they disappear into the bush. Some people around here call them Stormbirds, other people call Koels Stormbirds.
Ray

Bax155
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Stormbird is what my parents had been told what it was, I havnt seen it the last two days but have heard its distinctive call and Im starting to think there may be two in the area as I hear two distinct calls in diferent ares at the same time.

raysimula
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That decending whooping noise they make is definately a communication call of some kind. It may be teritory marking or attracting a mate. It is probably a threat to other males in the area. Whenever you hear that sound you almost always hear another coming from another place. I have acually seen two birds close to each other making this sound, a bit like two drunks yelling at each other.
Ray

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