Oct 21, 2010

A Banded Bay Cuckoo came a-calling ( Cacomantis sonneratti ) 23 - 24 cm

Each birding trip presents some unexpected and at times unusual surprises. When I first sighted this bird in-between some leaves I thought it was a Pied Thriller. The partially hidden chest revealed a scaly plumage. Only upon closer examination of the photos that the distinct features of a Banded Bay Cuckoo became apparent. It was alone and could have strayed away from other birds and got lost. After about 5 minutes it flew over a stream and into denser forest and has not been seen since. 

Here are a couple of photos for sharing.

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