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Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis


The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is a slender cuckoo and the adult bird is easily identified by a yellow eye ring (slightly greenish in young birds), its generally dark slate-grey back and wings, becoming pale rufous below, with a boldly barred black and white under tail. Younger birds are duller and browner in colour.


Followed a loud trilling sound and found this guy perched on a branch calling out to the world.

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lori.tas 10 years ago

Exhibit a) Pallid cuckoo on the line behind our house.

lori.tas 10 years ago

Yes, Marta, they do leave after the breeding season of their parasitized species is over. Unfortunately for us Rachael, electrical lines run right behind our house. Some birds think that the best place to broadcast their calls to the surrounding valley. Which is why the cuckoos sound so loud. Oh well.

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Congratulations on your spotting, Rachael - lovely series!

RachaelB 10 years ago

Yeah I feel for you Lori, this one was really loud and very persistent (thankfully not near our house - although we have Cockatoos, Ravens and Pigeons that like to make a lot of noise late at night and early morning!) I was however, very excited to see it because it's a completely new spotting for me :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

I hope is only a seasonal call! :-)

lori.tas 10 years ago

I know it's wrong to hate the wildlife, but we have three cuckoo species (including this one), and they are driving me, well . . , cuckoo. The monotony of the calling, and how it continues well into the night. I will not shoot the cuckoos, I will not shoot the cuckoos. ; )

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Nice one Rachael

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 27, 2013
Submitted on Oct 27, 2013

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