Spring and summer are the seasons for cuckoos in the Wet Tropics and Daintree, many of which are known to call incessantly, and most of which parasitise other birds nests.
The smallest, the Little Bronze-Cuckoo, breeds in this region and often uses the hanging nests of the Large-billed Gerygone or Fairy Gerygone to lay their eggs. The newly hatched chick disposes of the birds own eggs, allowing the poor, hapless (much smaller) 'parents' to feed it and it alone.
|Little Bronze-Cuckoo (S.Isoe)|
|Pheasant Coucal (Fred Forsell)|
The "wet season" is a fabulous time to be doing some Daintree birdwatching!