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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 09:44   #1
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Cuckoos in Central VietNam

I think these may both be immature birds - photos taken today in Hue (sea-level) Central Vietnam - but I'm not very confident about the ID.
The first has a lot of white in the wing and looks like an Indian Cuckoo to me. The second was much smaller - about the same size as the Ashy Minivets it was with - is it just a Plaintive Cuckoo? I always though they were bigger than Minivets but perhaps not?
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 11:04   #2
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1. imm Large Hawk-cuckoo
2. agree Plaintive Cuckoo

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Thanks, again. Not enough white for a juvenile Indian and twice the size of the Plaintive cuckoo is about what it seemed,
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Some useful discussion here http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=355133 and here https://digdeep1962.wordpress.com/ta...s-hawk-cuckoo/ but note your bird has an all dark, rather slim bill. The likely confusion is with superficially similar but smaller, juvenile Hodgson's Cuckoo which has a very different bill pattern. And your size comparison supports ID as Large HC.

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1. imm Large Hawk-cuckoo
2. agree Plaintive Cuckoo

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