Photographic evidence of a Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis) depredating the nest of a Norfolk Island Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis xanthoprocta)

Alexandra Nance, Rohan Clarke

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A remote motion-triggered camera captured images of an adult Long-tailed Cuckoo 'Urodynamys taitensis' visiting and possibly depredating a Norfolk Island Golden Whistler 'Pachycephala pectoralis xanthoprocta' nest in late December 2018. This is the first documented instance of a Long-tailed Cuckoo visiting the nest of a Pachycephala species, and is a rare occurrence of this Cuckoo on Norfolk Island at this time of year. A preliminary comparison of the eggs of the Cuckoo and the Whistler indicates the Whistler as a potential brood-host for this Cuckoo on Norfolk Island.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Field Ornithology
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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