Oriental Cuckoos, Anstead Bushland Reserve

January 23, 2011

This morning we saw three Oriental Cuckoos at Anstead Bushland Reserve in the west of Brisbane.

Brett Taylor and I made a quick trip to Anstead Bushland Reserve to look for the recently reported Oriental Cuckoos.  The trip was fantastically successful, with great views had of three birds on the path to the lookout.  The birds were nearly at the top of the hill, maybe 100m from the lookout over the quarry.  They were fairly calm, which is unusual for this species, and allowed us the best views I have ever had.  Thanks to Rod Gardner for pointing us in the right direction!  Rod also recorded a fourth Oriental Cuckoo in the northwest of the reserve, and a Pale-vented Bush-hen at the bridge in the power line clearing.

Locations visited

Anstead Bushland Reserve


Land Birds 42 species
Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus) 3
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) 1
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) 1
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 1
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 1
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 1
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) 1
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus) 1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 1
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Tawny Grassbird (Megalurus timoriensis) 1
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) 1
White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea) 1
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) 1
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 1
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 1
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) 1
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) 1
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti) 1
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 1
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) 1
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) 1
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) 1
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) 1
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 1
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) 1
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) 1
Common Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) 1
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) 1



Chris on February 6, 2011 about Oriental Cuckoos, Anstead Bushland Reserve

Thanks Trevor, I was really excited to get such great views. The photos were an added bonus!

Trevor Q. on February 6, 2011 about Oriental Cuckoos, Anstead Bushland Reserve

Great shots Chris. We see them around Bundaberg during March.

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