Channel-billed Cuckoo Scythrops novaehollandiae

Common Name:  Channel-billed Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Scythrops novaehollandiae

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Distribution and habitat: Channel-billed Cuckoos migrate to northern and eastern Australia from New Guinea and Indonesia between August and October each year. They leave Australia in February or March. They live in tall open forests.

Feeding: Channel-billed Cuckoos eat figs and fruits, as well as seeds, insects and baby birds.

Breeding: Channel-billed Cuckoos breed from August to October. The female lays 1 egg in the nest of an Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, crow or raven. When the young cuckoo hatches, it demands all the food and the other young birds starve. It leaves the nest after about 28 days.

Did you know? The Channel-billed Cuckoo is the largest parasitic cuckoo in the world.


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