Monday, January 21, 2008

Channel-Billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)

Saw an amazing happening yesterday. I could hear what sounded like a baby cry so I went to the park next door to investigate.
There was this baby bird up in a tree with a couple of crows squawking at it. I tried to chase them away but they kept going. It was then that I decided to go and borrow a shanghai from a neighbor .
When I returned to the park a most amazing event was happening. The crows were not attacking the bird but feeding it. They were actually flying to the ground and collecting bugs and flying back up to feed it.
As crows do, they did not trust me with my camera so for two hours I tried for a shot of the feeding. This is the best I could come up with.

6 comments:

dieter said...

You are right about crows not being trusting but they are very clever, how amazing that they would feed another breed of bird and peopke say they are sneaky ha

LHagen said...

That's AMAZING!! What type of bird is the second pic?

Sue said...

What an amazing looking bird.

LHagen said...

sorry, it's probably the channel-billed one, right?

Johnno said...

Yes Lori..it is, same as in the top pic with the sneaky crow

Patty said...

Look at the title, its a cockcoo, which means the mother bird would have tossed out the crows eggs, and they have unwittingly raised her cockcoo as their own. Poor crows. *I can't beleive I just wrote 'poor crows', there is a bloody nest outside my front window, damm noisy things they are.