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Cuckoo: Red-chested

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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

Unread postby DuQues » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:18 pm

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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:45 pm

nice pictures and nice explanations :D
and nice to see a little one nourish a big one :?
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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

Unread postby Bibronsgecko » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:11 pm

We visited the Kgalagadi this December and saw a lot of birds..but the strange thing was that i saw a red-chested cuckoo on the dry river bed at Mata Mata...

If you could tell me how to get pictures on my posts i could post some of the photos i took..
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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:42 pm

welcome to the forum Biberonsgecko :D
there is a tutorial here... but don't use Tinypic, try Photobucket or Flickr or ...
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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

Unread postby Scottm » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:37 am

after a few frustrating days of hearing but not be able to see the bird, it finally made an appearance... an unusual and unexpected perch for this species - on the top of a lightening conductor some 40 odd metres above the ground and completely in the clear .... here it sat for half an hour, calling to the world...

Apologies, but the light was poor, being early evening, but any picture is always better for the memory than none at all.

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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:59 am

what a chance, wow :clap:
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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

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Re: Cuckoo: Red-chested

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:53 pm

superb :clap:
me too, I only heard here, several time... never saw one :(
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby chirinda » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:17 pm

Help please with IDs :)

And is this a juvenile Piet my Vrou - Red chested cuckoo?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Maxwell » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:43 pm

The cuckoo is either African or Eurasian. At that distance it is hard to be sure but I would go for African if pushed. You need a clear shot of the beak area. It seems quite yelow.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby chirinda » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:56 pm

Thank you, Maxwell. I took several pics, some on high zoom just to try and ID the cuckoo.
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Whatever it was, I suspect that it was a youngster.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Maxwell » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:08 pm

Hmm! that spotted tail worries me and changes my mind to Eurasian (poss female juv. just moulting to adult.)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby chirinda » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:18 pm

That's the 'English' cuckoo? Funny if it was. I've never seen one in England, I don't even remember hearing one, and there I sit watching one in Kruger. I sat with it for a good two or three minutes.

Thanks so much for your help, Maxwell.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:19 am

chirinda wrote:That's the 'English' cuckoo? Funny if it was. I've never seen one in England, I don't even remember hearing one, and there I sit watching one in Kruger. I sat with it for a good two or three minutes.

Thanks so much for your help, Maxwell.

No chirinda, that is indeed a juvenile Red-chested Cuckoo. The very dark (pretty much black) upper sides and the dark blotched throat and chest are the key features.
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