Malurus cyaneus

Superb Blue-wren / Superb Fairy-wren


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Date & Time

  2018-01-01 02:16 PM


  -37.483627 , 145.037685 : 325.543 m

Near Beveridge VIC 3753, Australia


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  1. Suzi Duncan  Superb blue wren feeding juvenile cuckoo possibly lack-eared

    Reply • 02 Jan 2018

  2. David Francis  Delightful photographs.

    Reply • 03 Jan 2018

  3. Lawrie Conole  Delightful photographs indeed! I suspect that it's a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo. Apparently the juveniles occasionally show no underparts barring, but that darker demarcated area on the breast/throat and the warm-toned upperparts look less like Black-eared Cuckoo.

    Reply • 03 Jan 2018

  4. Suzi Duncan  Dear Lawrie, Thank you sincerely. I do have Horsfield's on the property, so that would make sense. I have not seen a Black-eared Cuckoo but then I am on the edge of their possible range. all the literature I checked (and all my books) pointed me towards possible Black-eared. Thank you again.

    Reply • 05 Jan 2018

    • Lawrie Conole  Black-eared Cuckoos turn up pretty frequently as far south as the You Yangs near Geelong, so range isn't really an issue. it'll be interesting to see if the young bird stays with its foster family long enough to develop some more readily recognisable plumage!

      Reply • 05 Jan 2018

    • Lawrie Conole  The new 'The Australian Bird Guide' by Menkhorst et al. (CSIRO 2017) covers what I said fairly well - do you have that one?

      Reply • 05 Jan 2018

      • Suzi Duncan  My most current book is the 9th edition of Pizzey and Knight. I do not have a Menkhorst. I will look into it, especially as this year I have an unprecedented number of new birds. What Cuckoo it is, made me go back and look at all my old Cuckoo photographs and I have found a couple that may in fact be Black-eared cuckoos. i need to enlarge them and have a closer look . thank you very much again. Suzi

        Reply • 05 Jan 2018

  5. David Francis  Great discussion and photos of differences between BEC and HBC according to HAZAB here -

    Reply • 05 Jan 2018

    • Suzi Duncan  Hi David, That is an amazing discussion on the differences between BEC and HBC. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that I will know how the immature cuckoo develops. I hear it most days but I am not that good at the fine differences between calls. Especially when it comes to immature cuckoos. Thank you for adding the blog

      Reply • 06 Jan 2018

      • Lawrie Conole  The other factoid which might be relevant is that HBC is essentially a fairy-wren specialist when it comes to hosts. BEC typically parasitises Speckled Warbler - maybe scrubwrens at a pinch.

        Reply • 08 Jan 2018

      • Lawrie Conole  In your second photo you can see the undertail barring typical of HBC. Looks a lot like this bird:

        Reply • 08 Jan 2018

        • Suzi Duncan  Good morning Lawrie, If I hear the call again I will certainly try to record it. The fact that HBC is a Fairy-wren specialist is a significant factor. Thank you again

          Reply • 08 Jan 2018

NS Observation No. 5A4B1A48ED2A89E23C004180
Created 2018-01-02 04:52 PM (over 2 years ago)
Created By Suzi Duncan
Updated 2018-01-06 02:49 PM (over 2 years ago)
Updated By Suzi Duncan
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