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First sighting of a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

This White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, a new species for the Co-op, was found near the high point on A Track this week and brings the Co-op's bird list tally to 131 species. It is the dark morph of the subspecies robusta, and is in transition from immature to adult plumage.

Mainly seen alone, in pairs, or occasionally in small flocks, this bird eats invertebrates, as well as some fruit, nectar and seeds. They are mostly seen amongst the branches and foliage of trees. The nest is a shallow cup of plant materials bound with spider web in the fork of a tree. The eggs are greenish or blue-green, marked with brownish spots or flecks, usually clutch size is 1-3 eggs.

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