|A Fan-tailed Cuckoo egg with two of Large-billed Scrubwren|
|The cuckoo egg is noticeably larger than those of the scrubwren|
There were two scrubwren eggs, but whether there had been three and the cuckoo had taken one out is not known. The cuckoo egg was quite a good mimic of those of the scrubwren, although slightly larger and more spotted overall, and a little lighter in background colour. The scrubwren eggs also had more defined rings of spots around the broad end, especially one of the eggs. There was a faint ring around the cuckoo egg, but not very distinguishable.
|The cuckoo egg has a faint ring of spots on the broad end like those of the scrubwren eggs, |
but much more general speckling
The nest was a simple relined structure inside the old Yellow-throated nest which looked old as the leaves in the structure were dried and deteriorating.
|The clutch was in an old Yellow-throated Scrubwren nest|
The nest was set about head height, c 190cm, and typical of a Yellow-throated Scrubwren in being suspended from a the end of a thin branch over an open patch of forest floor -in this case a footpath, although often they are hung over stream lines.
|The nest was suspended over a human track through riverside forest|