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Hawk Cuckoo in Sarawak (1 Viewer)

tony.saw

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Hi
Is this simply a Large Hawk Cuckoo? Picture taken 30/03/2018 near Bakalalan, Sarawak. I've added a picture of Bock's Hawk Cuckoo taken the day before in a similar location.
Thanks
Tony
 

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James Eaton

Trent Valley Crew
It's a young bird, Tony - do you have any showing the upperparts? Best way to tell immature Bock's from Large is colour of the upperparts (grey vs brown).

James
 

andyb39

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I've just checked my copy of Phillipps and it states Large Hawk Cuckoo is a vagrant with only 5 records. Is that an accurate description of its status, James?
 

James Eaton

Trent Valley Crew
I've just checked my copy of Phillipps and it states Large Hawk Cuckoo is a vagrant with only 5 records. Is that an accurate description of its status, James?

I believe it's a scarce visitor, not sure on the number of records, but likely more than five - I've only seen it once, along the Kinabatangan in Sabah. On migration in Peninsular Malaysia they are very much a coastal lowland migrant.
 

tony.saw

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Thanks for the answers. We thought it might be a juvenile because of the little amount of brown around the throat, but were confused by the markings on the throat. So a juvenile Bock's.
Thanks
Tony
 

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