There has been rather a bird deficit of late on this blog, so it is time for a couple of bird photos. The Ragtag Daily Prompt is host, so it seems only fitting that I feature a cuckoo in today’s post. Cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species, leaving the host to do all the hard work raising the young.
On a recent trip to Tidbinbilla (a nature reserve outside of Canberra), I spotted a couple of Fan-tailed Cuckoos. The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is an attractive little bird which lives in woodland and forests.
Host-species preferred by the Fan-tailed Cuckoo include other small woodland birds like flycatchers, fairy wrens, scrubwrens and thornbills, but it particularly likes to parasitise the nests of brown thornbills. Hmm, I wonder why? Perhaps because they look similar.
On the odd occasion, I might have thought about sending my own kids off to boarding school (more on that in an upcoming post). Lucky for me that I didn’t.