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Updates from our Cuckoos

Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

Bluey arrives in Angola

05 Dec 2023

New updates received from Bluey's tag in the small hours of this morning (5 Dec) show that he continued south from his last location in Gabon, flying a further 1,000km (622 miles) to reach Angola.

He is now 50km (30 miles) due east of the town of N'zeto. Bluey is the second of our tagged Cuckoos to reach Angola this year, following Cuckoo Trent, who is 93km (58 miles) south of Bluey.  

No news from George

04 Dec 2023

We last heard from George on 9 November, when he was approaching the Lukenie River, approximately 20 miles upstream of the community of Oshwe, in the Mai-Ndombe province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Cuach Cores moves south in the Congo Basin

04 Dec 2023

Cuach Cores has relocated within the Congo Basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, flying 150km (92 miles) south from an area close to the Tshopo River to his new location close to the Maringa River.

Cuach Torc tours the Congo Basin

04 Dec 2023

A few days ago Cuach Torc flew 260km (160 miles) north-west from his previous location, towards the border between the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

He has since flown a further 135km (84 miles) east, deeper into DRC and is now close to the Busira River approximately 10 miles north-east of the town of Ingende.

Bluey moves south to Gabon

04 Dec 2023

After almost three weeks in Cameroon, Bluey has finally made another move, flying 436km (271 miles) south to Gabon.

At 3:30 on Saturday afternoon (2 Dec) he was in the forest a couple of miles due west of the city of Oyem in northern Gabon.  

Cuach Cores moves further into the Congo Basin

01 Dec 2023

Cuach Cores has flown 234km (146 miles) south within the Democratic Republic of the Congo, taking him deeper into the Congo Basin.

He is now approximately 90km south of the town of Bumba and just south of the Tshuapa River.

Trent moves north in Angola

24 Nov 2023
Trent has flown 108km (67 miles) north from his last location and is now in Coutada do Ambriz National Park in Angola. Cuckoo PJ visited this same National Park during the winter of 2018. 

Trent moves north in Angola

17 Nov 2023

Trent is still the most southerly of all our Cuckoos, having made it all the way to Angola.

Over recent days he has flown 100km north from his last location, so he is now 85km (52 miles) due east of the capital Luanda. Cuckoos Chris and PJ both visited Angola and are among our longest lived birds, so hopefully, Trent will have the same luck. 

Bluey bursts back into life

17 Nov 2023

Having spent three months in North-West Nigeria and lagging significantly behind the other Cuckoos, we were fearing the worst for Sussex Cuckoo Bluey. So we were thrilled when we received new updates over the last few days showing that he had flown 540km (335 miles) south-east from Nigeria to Cameroon.

Three months in one area is quite exceptional for our Cuckoos so the areas Bluey was using in Nigeria must have been very good for him. His departure occurred just after the end of the rains at that location, likely very significant given his occupation of gallery forest along seasonal watercourses.

Bluey is now in western Cameroon, 35km (21 miles) east of the city of Bafoussam.

Cuach Cores moves into Central African Republic

08 Nov 2023

Over the last few days Cuach Cores has been moving steadily south from his last location in southern Chad.

By early yesterday morning (Tuesday 7 November) he had flown 370km (230 miles) south, taking him over the border into Central African Republic (CAR).

He is now in the western part of the Ouaka prefecture of CAR, 280km north-east of the capital Bangui. 


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