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Atypical, very large cuckoo.
Female: paler, more barred underneath, smaller bill
When flying, shows pointed wingtips, hawk-like flight (often high) and looks like a flying cross.
Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests. Open woodland, bushland, beaches, golfcourses, wetlands, suburban gardens.
The diet includes ripe fruit (particularly figs), beetles, butterflies, grasshoppers, the eggs and young of birds.
They are brood parasites; several eggs can be laid in a nest, sometimes by different females. The eggs are red-brown or yellow-brown or dull white, with darker brown splotches. Hosts include the Australian Magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen, the Pied Currawong, Strepera graculina and members of the crow family (Corvidae).
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