Sounds & Calls
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)
The loud, raucous calls of the Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) sound like they came straight out of the Jurassic period! They are the world’s largest species of cuckoo and have a voice to match. The primeval squawks of the Channel-billed Cuckoo are commonly heard in the forests and woodlands of northern and eastern Australia in the spring and summer months. This species can also be encountered in urban parks and gardens where there are fruiting trees such as Moreton Bag Figs (Ficus macrophylla).
Channel-billed Cuckoos migrate south from New Guinea to Australia to breed. This species is sometimes colloquially referred to as the ‘Storm Bird’ [Note: Pacific Koels (Eudynamys orientalis) are also sometimes referred to as storm birds!].