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Keep an Eye to the Sky – Channel-billed Cuckoo

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The Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) is the largest parasitic cuckoo in the world. Unlike many other cuckoos, the chicks do not evict the host’s young from the nest, but rather grow faster and demand all the food. It lays its eggs in the nests of the Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) and members of the crow family (Corvidae). While they normally spend time in Australia between August and March each year, this hungry individual was found begging a crow for food in early May around Northside Alice Springs.

Channel-billed Cuckoo that was being cared for by a crow in Alice Springs (C. Heenan)