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Cuckooshrike: Grey

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:45 am

Did not take a pic although I had an awesome sighting of a pair of these birds.
I was first stumped when I thought that I was looking at a cuckoo. Then a bit later on I saw it with an insect in its beak and saw that it was actually the cuckooshrike. Amazing how closely they resemble cuckoos. Sasol's illustration imho is not very good for this particular bird.

I want to know, how uncommon are these birds really? Who has seen it previously?
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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:59 am

I have seen this one only once but on the escarpment near one of the waterfalls - Maria Shires . The call was also diagnostic , and the reason for searching for him after being alerted by the call .
According to Ken Newman's - Birds of the Kruger Park , Grey Cuckooshrike does occasionly visit / migrate down to the lowveld so a KNP sighting would rank as very special . All the more so as they do "skulk" in the forest canopy and you probably hear the call long before you see him .

Where did you spot him ?
I will guess one of the camps .

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Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:33 am

I've heard of reports of them in Kruger but never seen them there before. I saw my only one down at the Ebb and Flow campsite near wilderness in the eastern cape. They are quite common but very tricky to see as they normally keep to deep forests in the upper stratum.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Charming1 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:40 am

Please help with this I think is a Grey Cuckooshrike seen in Durban but the eye ring is not evident so possibly an immature bird.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:27 pm

A great sighting Charming1 :mrgreen: a grey cuckooshrike it is not an easy bird to find.

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Re: Cuckooshrike: Grey

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue May 29, 2012 8:26 am

Hi Mikev, I saw them at Eshowi, sorry for only answering now. :redface:

This one was seen at the Garden Route Botanical Gardens a few weeks ago.

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Re: Cuckooshrike: Grey

Unread postby DotDan » Tue May 29, 2012 9:32 am

You really got some great shots of this bird WTM. It is really difficult to get good photos as they wander the top of the tree line.
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Did you perhaps have a ladder near by? :twisted:

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Re: Cuckooshrike: Grey

Unread postby Imax » Tue May 29, 2012 9:36 am

great shot WTM!

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Re: Cuckooshrike: Grey

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue May 29, 2012 10:16 am

Thanks Daan and Imax.

Daan I was just lucky. I was standing dead still admiring the scenery at the botanical gardens when it called next to me.

Next moment it starting hawking insects and landed right next to me in a tree. Because of the elevated path at this section I was able to get a decent angle on it for some photos.
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Re: Cuckooshrike: Grey

Unread postby Roan » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:42 pm

:clap: :clap: Nice! :thumbs_up: One day. . . . Hopefully.
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