An exciting morning for me today on the edge of the mangroves at Rapid Creek when I came across a party of five Little Bronze Cuckoos (Chalcites minutillus) chattering and and chasing madly. I got my first photos of several male birds but couldn’t manage a shot of the female (or females). The males have a distinctive red eye and red eye-ring. They are “proper” cuckoos and leave their single egg in the nests of Gerygones and Honeyeaters. The nominate race extends from the Kimberleys across the Top end of the Northern Territory. Another race, russatus, is found from Cape York down the east coast into northern New South Wales.

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