cuckoos

brown cuckoo-dove

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This beautiful russet-brown bird is quite large, growing up to 43cm. It is a type of pigeon that has a long tail and a loud call. Its habitat is the rainforest and forest on the edge of Australia’s east coast from the top end (Cape York) down south to the Victorian border. This one is attracted by the wild tobacco plant of which they seem particularly fond.

coucal in flight

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This magnificent bird is a Pheasant Coucal, a long-tailed cuckoo that grows up to 68cm. While spectacular in the air they fly reluctantly as their tails are heavy. In this capture you can see how one of the two hind toes has a long spur-like- toe-nail.

Acknowledgement: Slaters Field Guide to Australian Birds

 

brown cuckoo-dove swallowing a berry

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Love this capture of the Brown Cuckoo-Dove as it is about to swallow the fruit of the wild tobacco tree – whole berry down that slim throat with one gulp.

black-faced cuckoo shriek

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There are a number of outstanding cuckoos in Australia with similar smudged eyes like this impressive 65 cm Channel-billed Cuckoo I captured at my mother’s place in Sydney last year. If you’re interested in certain varieties you can browse the drop down list under Birds in the Menu. P1090539

black-faced cuckoo-shrike

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Cuckoo-shrikes have soft-feathers, and most Australian species are basically grey with black eyes. This is the common Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike that can be found right across Australia, including Tasmania. It is around 33 cm and has a very pleasant voice.