Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus, Cuculidae: Cuckoos) Canberra, Australia, Dec 2021 (4K)

The Brush Cuckoo is endemic to northern and eastern Australia where it can be found in the canopy or dense undergrowth of woodland and forest including dense rainforest. Very much a summer visitor in southern Australia, and more often heard…

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The Brush Cuckoo is endemic to northern and eastern Australia where it can be found in the canopy or dense undergrowth of woodland and forest including dense rainforest. Very much a summer visitor in southern Australia, and more often heard than seen. Around Canberra it most commonly seen and heard in mountain forest, much of which has been badly affected by bushfires in the summer of 2019/20.

Another film of this bird in Canberra, see: https://vimeo.com/456082490

It shares habitat with the similar and related Fan-tailed Cuckoo, in the coast and ranges of eastern Australia, including the Canberra region; where this species is more common, and tends to arrive much earlier. However its call is quite different to the Brush Cuckoo, see https://vimeo.com/447049881 and https://vimeo.com/249349072

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