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Immature Cuckoo: African or Common? (Gambella, Ethiopia) (1 Viewer)

JSmolders

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Date: October 7 2018, 4:15PM

Location: Gambella, Ethiopia

Environment: Neem trees, unoccupied human habitation outside of city limits, forested and seasonally swampy cultivation area near Baro river.

Season: End of rainy season, thunderstorm rolling nearby, light rain.

Notes:
I would have IDed this as an immature African Cuckoo based on extensive yellow on beak, and apparent barring on rump and crown. However, eBird warned me that this would be rare compared to the Common, so I thought I'd double check here.

I'd appreciate your thoughts!
 

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Thanks Grahame, great paper! That clears it as a Common for me. Princeton Guide is a little simplistic in its presentation I guess, especially when it makes it sound like all common immatures have plain rumps and crowns.

Thanks again!
 
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