Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

A forest and woodland inhabitant, the Fan-tailed Cuckoo appears to be less migratory than other cuckoos and there are some records during winter. However, most birds arrive in the hills and woodlands of the region from August to October. Records then decline sharply in November and December then remain stable until autumn. Numbers declined over the 27 years of the survey particularly in later years but with a sudden increase in 2007-08, possibly due to the local bush fires removing habitat surrounding the suburbs. There is one breeding record. R=74. BR=82.