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Apart from the Channel-billed Cuckoo’s large size, its massive pale, down-curved bill, grey plumage (darker on the back and wings) and long barred tail make it difficult to confuse it with any other bird. In flight the long tail and long wings give the bird a crucifix-shaped (cross-shaped) silhouette. Although they are not nocturnal birds (night birds) in the strict sense, Channel-billed Cuckoos are notorious for calling all night long during the breeding season. This species is sometimes known as the Storm-bird or Stormbird.
The Channel-billed Cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of the Australian Magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen, the Pied Currawong, Strepera graculina and members of the crow family (Corvidae). Unlike many other cuckoos, the young birds do not evict the host’s young or eggs from the nest, but simply grow faster and demand all the food, thus starving the others.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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channel billed cuckoo, scythrops novaehollandiae, australian, native bird, storm bird

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    Great shot Deb and interesting fact sheet too.

  • Many thanks Al, I’ve been dying to see one of these birds for years!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Noisey birds Debbie,Im glad when they head home to Cape York in feb – march..well done..

  • Indeed, but extraordinary looking .. first time I’ve seen one!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

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