World’s smallest Cuckoo – the Shining Bronze

The Shining Bronze Cuckoo is the worlds smallest Cuckoo. They are often heard in woodlands but not often seen. The Cuckoo is parasitic, laying a single egg in the nest of small Thornbills, Gerygones and Scrubwrens. The new parent then raises the chick as its own. The one below I found at the Coolart Wetlands watching a small group of Brown Thornbills.

Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Coolart Wetlands

Shining Bronze Cuckoo – well camouflaged 

Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Coolart Wetlands

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Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Coolart Wetlands

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