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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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It is definetely summer when you hear the cuckoos. We had the Red Chested cuckoo for a few weeks now and I haveheard the Klaas’s cuckoo. Lovely.

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James, I once heard the Fork-Tailed Drongo referred to by a respected Guide, as the “policemen of the bush”, so hoping this Drongo keeps alert for marauding Cuckoos and await the outcome!

Interesting that even the Cuckoo chick is in on the parasitising scheme once is grows and throws out the Drongo eggs!

James, I loved the photos, I saved the eggs🤗

The cuckoos do the same thing here in Europe. Normally they use the same bird species whose nest they were born in to parasitise it and mimick the hosts‘ eggs. Very interesting behaviour.

Gosh interesting James, let’s hope that they manage to outdo the African cuckoo’s! 🙏🏻💕
Do the Drongo pair for life ?

Good question Cally,
Yes they are monogamous!

Hopefully the drongos will be able to keep a step ahead of the cuckoos. Learned something new about cuckoo behavior – their propensity to parasitism. Another fact to file away c

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love those drongo pics

Fascinating James. We have the Channel-billed cuckoo in Australia. A huge bird (up to 65cm) with a massive bill. It is primarily a fruit-eating bird but it lays its eggs in nests of other birds that are primarily carnivores. That has always puzzled me. Also it’s eggs are so much bigger than the host bird’s eggs. Please keep us posted as to what happens with the drongo’s nest.

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Please keep us posted on this story. I’d love to hear what happens and how these drongos go – if a cuckoo snuck an egg in their nest or not – fingers crossed those are little drongo babies being incubated in the nest only!

I’m interested to follow along with this pair and see what happens.

Another intrigue in the making! Do keep us posted!!

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Intersting blog, thank you. Best of luck to the Drongo family!

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