Male, orange mouth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Family:||Cuckoo (Cuculidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus)|
|This Photo:||Male, tail fanned out|
Thank you Alan Melville for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Flinders Ranges and elsewhere
When we first spotted this on Ellura we weren't sure what it was. Having only recently discovered a Black-eared cuckoo it looked very similar, but way too big.
It has a dark striped through the eye and no barring on the breast. Grey / brown back and a similar tail to the Fan-tail cuckoo.
Males are grey, with no barring. Females are rufous and can be barred. We suspect she'll look like a completely different species.