Fan-tailed CuckooScientific name: Cacomantis flabelliformis

Meaning of name: Cacomantis is from the Greek words cacos, meaning bad, and mantis, meaning prophet. The meaning of flabelliformis is not known.

Aboriginal name: Doolar (doo’lar).

Distribution: Found from Shark Bay, through the southwest and southeast of Australia and along the coast of Queensland.

Description: Up to 28cm long with a 42cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 404km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in September 1975, 5 years 11.7 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html