Which Bronze Cuckoo?

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WhistlingDuck
Which Bronze Cuckoo?

These are shots of various individuals from a party of three bronze cuckoos seen on a fences around farm land at Richmond lowlands sydney.

Rick N
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Am going Horsfield's young but I have been wrong in the past :-)

Seeing the begining of the white eyebrow there.

timrp
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I think it looks like a horsefields too.

zosterops
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shining 

Rick N
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Zosterops, is this because of the more vibrant greens in the back or something else I'm missing.

Cheers

zosterops
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notice how the barring runs up to the base of the bill

in horsfield's this area is unbarred

interestingly this feature is often omitted or confused in field guides (e.g. in Pizzey the Horsfield's is actually depicted with throat barring!) 

also the birds pictured lack the black eyebrow of horsfield's 

horsfield's also has a rufous tail edge and lighter barring on undersides

WhistlingDuck

Thanks everyone for your opinions ... thanks zosterops for the extra explanation for the shining bronze cuckoo.

Rick N
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Thanks zosterops, much clearer now.

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