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Cacomantis pallidus: Pallid Cuckoo (dark rufous morph)

I can’t believe how many new birds I’m seeing around here, though I did spot one of these very briefly a few years ago – long enough to recognise a Pallid Cuckoo. At first, I thought this one was a juvenile but, after some research, I believe it is a dark rufous morph female which retains the juvenile barring of the breast after the first moult.


I could be wrong, of course. A light rufous morph will lose the breast bars and resemble the grey-brown male.


The Pallid Cuckoo spends winter in central Australia and the Northern Territory. According to Wikipedia, it’ll also winters in Timor, and Papua New Guinea.  Come September, the cuckoo moves south, with some taking their spring passage as far as New Zealand.


They love hairy caterpillars but do eat other things. This bird did not bother about me or the dog, but swooped about grabbing a feed from the grass below.


The cuckoo spotted something on the dirt road beside us.


Another tasty morsel.


I moved on, fingers crossed that the wedge-tailed eagles I saw yesterday were back in the same tree. They weren’t. A pair of eagles have been soaring over the back paddocks for a number of weeks now, so maybe I’ll get lucky to catch them roosting again.


I was disappointed with my photos of yesterday. There was too much side light and the UV lens filter was a bit grubby. This morning, I cleaned the filter and mounted the lens hood.  On looking at the photos again, I don’t think they are too terrible to share, after all. Stay tuned.

I was thrilled with my Pallid Cuckoo sighting.

Thanks for visiting. Do have a great day.



I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

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