Cicadabird wing-shuffling

Here's something that puzzles me. I have read in field guides that Cicadabirds do not shuffle their wings like other Cuckoo-shrikes do. And now I can consult HANZB online I find this statement: 'Do not shuffle wings on alighting as other cuckoo-shrikes.'

I wouldn't say I see this species regularly, but I saw it a few times in the Brisbane area in the early 1990s and since I moved to Canberra I have seen it either around the Bridabellas and sometimes down the NSW south coast at least once a year. Every time I see this species my recollection is I have observed wing-shuffling. I think it shuffles its wings at least as often as BFCS.


John Leonard

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