Juvenile Banded Bay Cuckoo fed by adult Common Iora

posted in: Brood parasitism, Interspecific | 3

Seow Boon Eu from Penang, Malaysia, photographed a juvenile Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii) being fed by a Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia).

Obviously the iora is the foster parent of the much larger juvenile. The former has been tricked into incubating and brooding the cuckoo chick. Cuckoos are nest parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of a wide range of birds.

“I noticed that this juvenile is still begging for food from its foster parent, unfortunately I couldn’t see the feeding, because it was hidden and very high up in the canopy. Currently I’m still observing its feeding behavior, hope to get more information from the observation,” says Boon Eu.

An earlier post on nest parasitism can be viewed HERE and below under “Related Posts.”

This post comes courtesy of Seow Boon Eu of Bonyou.

3+

3 Responses

  1. […] Original post: Juvenile Banded Bay Cuckoo fed by adult Common Iora […]

    0
  2. Abhijeet Avate

    Hello there,

    It was interesting to read your post as couple of days back I found a Common Iora female feeding a seemingly large chick in its nest. The chick looked nothing like the Iora. I came online to check and found your post.The chick I observed looks like a cuckoo juvenile.

    Is there anyway to send you a few pictures?

    I observed this in the forest of Panhala Fort in the state of Maharashtra ,India.

    Cheers

    0
  3. […] Avate from the state of Maharashtra, India wrote after viewing our earlier post on a juvenile Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii) being fed by adult Common Iora (Aegithina […]

    0

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.