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Reports of Indian cuckoos from Cheung Chau today, but none here yet.


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It's here. Heard at 0540 near the Power Station


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Well observed, ChaBo!

They are here too in Tai Peng this morning. I was getting quite worried - it was way past their curfew and with Friday 13th coming up, evil lurks in those lonely migration routes. I feared they could have been waylaid by a passing goatsucker.

Anyway - April 11th - they're back. Get used to it.


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Where do they go? Not a silly question. I assume they winter in tropical south-east Asia - Indonesia and Philippines - the books are rather unhelpful on this, but the range would suggest this.



...so why "Indian"?

BTW, we still haven't heard any over Po Wah Yuen.

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Spoke too soon...we had one circling above our flat at around 4am this morning...here we go again, restless nights and the joys of summer...

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Adopt a herd of stray cats and put them on your roof. That might help your cuckoo problem and the stray cat problem.


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why "Indian"?


The range of the Indian cuckoo is from Western India to China and south-east Asia. I guess that birdwatching in India is much older than in this part of the world - the British Raj, for example, were great birders. So I imagine the original naming was done when for English-speaking bird-watchers the primary association of this bird was with India.

(I don't actually have any evidence to back this up - just a guess. The koel that screams "coo-ee" outside your window in the early dawn ranges right across to Australia, but it is also widely known as the "Indian koel" probably for similar reasons.)


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There seem to be less Indian Cuckoos than in past years - even less than last year, which was way down. We recall that in the SARS year they were all over the place. A sign of the times?

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Those pesky Indian cuckoos are back for their 2008 season, so you'd better get used to them!

Heard one here in Tai Peng this morning, April 8th, a day after the first reports from Cheung Chau, as usual.


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Scene II: Tai Peng Old Village, one year and three days later.

They're back again, three days later than last year, but the same date as in 2007.

So get used to it again!

Or if you really can't get enough of that catchy melody, try to revive this old Shirley Ellis song from the 60s:

My mamma told me
If I was goody
That she would buy me
A rubber dolly

My auntie told her
I kissed a solider
Now she wont buy me
A rubber dolly, etc.

(I think the new slimline Lammagung uses it as a skipping song)

Here's a somewhat updated version from the Belle Stars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmpykW-IfY


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That's hilarious!
(love the 4 syllable parallel)
I like the Shirley Ellis version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgnCB7oni8o
I think this is the kinda music that my students might actually really get into - with the formulaic movements and vocals - also her song 'The Name Game' would be a hit with my ESL students.
I'll try not to dwell overly on the strange implications of one's mother promising one a rubber doll for good behaviour though. :shock:

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In searching for a youtube video of Indian Cuckoos (fruitless) I instead found calls of the "Koyal", aka, I've found out, the Koel. I know close to nothing about bird species and have been wondering what was making that insistent noise both in city parks and at home. Can anybody clarify what kind of Koel is is found in Hong Kong, or if there is more than one type?

Thanks!


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I am just curious about what is 'Mh hou gwa'

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12/4/09

I hail from a village in the Indian Subcontinent where I heard this Cuckoos
as early as end of Jan 2009.

Probably in line with the local weather there.

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'Mh hou gwa' = Oh NO!!

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Just in case there is a short pause in the cuckoo's performance some time during the 24 hours and you need more, here's a short recording taken early this morning, with the Indian cuckoo singing to a background of crested bulbuls and tree sparrows. (Thanks Gung for the extra size limit). You can make it into a loop for extra impact.


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Scene III. Tai Peng rooftop, one year later. The assembled party is enjoying the soft peaceful sounds of crickets and the occasional Romer's tree frog, in the knowledge that this peace is about to be disrupted again by those pesky Indian cuckoos with their moronic repetitive mantra!

Who's going to be first to hear one? (Try the recordings or songs above to remind you of the tune if you've forgotten)


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Yep Zep... Just heard my first of the year over by Tai Shan...... I'll see if I can send it over to you :D


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6th April - not bad. Please feel free to keep it over there.


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Are they likely be in Pokfulam / Wah Fu as well?


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Yes, but they are much more common on the islands. Cheung Chau usually has the first record, but haven't heard anything from there this year. The one last year that sat outside my bedroom window at 3 a.m. you could probably hear in Wah Fu anyway.


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