black-faced cuckoo-shriek

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Cuckoo-shrieks feed on insects and small soft fruit, like this wild tobacco plant that grows on the edge of the Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. This is the first sighting I have had of this Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike since moving here a year ago yet it is supposed to range all over Australia and be one of our most common birds, perhapes it favours the warmer north during our winter. It is around 33 cm and makes a pleasant sound. I can see the similarity with the much larger cuckoos such as this Channel-billed Cuckoo from an earlier post. Something about the regal bearing, thick neck and intense stare.

One thought on “black-faced cuckoo-shriek

    Patricia said:
    August 16, 2013 at 5:11 am

    He looks a bit angry.

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