A mournful morning call

Yesterday morning my work was frequently interrupted by the incessant, mournful cry of a Shining Bronze-cuckoo in the garden – a repeated ‘fwee-fwee-fwee’ carrying through the still morning air.

I took a short break to chase it down – it didn’t take long, as the bird was skulking in shrubs outside the back door and doing its best to not attract the attention of the local honeyeaters and wrens.


Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Newstead, 22nd October 2014.


Very similar to the Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo, in the Shining Bronze-cuckoo the breast barring is more complete and it lacks a distinct white eyebrow.


Eventually it showed off the glorious metallic sheen of the upper parts.

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