• Cuckoo Birds and Animals

    Cuckoo clocks up a visit to Centennial Park


We have over 140 species of bird that has visited the Parklands over the years – but we get very excited with the confirmed return of a bird that hasn’t been seen for a long time. This week we spotted a Fan-tailed Cuckoo!

A what?


A Fan-tailed Cuckoo

The fan-tailed cuckoo is a slender cuckoo and the adult bird is easily identified by a yellow eye ring (slightly greenish in young birds). It is found in Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.


In Centennial Parklands…

It is listed on Ern Hoskin’s Bird List as an ‘infrequent visitor’, and was last recorded as being sighted in April 2012.

Here are some pics of our little feathery visitor:


Fantail Cuckoo (image courtesy Daphne Gonzalvez)

Fan-tail Cuckoo (image courtesy Daphne Gonzalvez)


The Fan-tailed Cuckoo enjoys hairy caterpillars in its diet...amongst other insects and larvae!

The Fan-tailed Cuckoo enjoys hairy caterpillars in its diet…amongst other insects and larvae!


Did you know?

In 1919, Centennial Park was formally listed as a sanctuary for birds and animals!


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