A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: African Cuckoo
aka Bel - A87832164 Started conversation May 7, 2012
Willem Posted May 7, 2012
LL Waz Posted May 10, 2012
Used to count Drongos on long car journeys.
I heard the first cuckoo back here a week ago last Monday. It's extraordinary that a few weeks ago it was around the Congo. And odd that some cuckoos don't migrate at all.
Willem Posted May 10, 2012
Hello Waz, it's great to see you here! Also great to hear that someone here knows what a drongo is. It is funny the whole business of bird migration. Most cuckoo species are migratory ... the parasitic ones here in South Africa all are. The non-migratory ones are the non-parasitic coucals and yellowbills.
A 'statistic' about that cuckoo migration ... one bird crossed the Sahara desert in two days, averaging a speed of 50 km/h for the entire journey.
Elektragheorgheni -Please read 'The Post' Posted May 10, 2012
Wow Willem, that is an incredible speed. They are truly the marathoners of the bird world. How do they stay hydrated at that pace?
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