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Livingstone has been named by a BTO Member who kindly funded the cost of his satellite tag.

Additional thanks to Iain Turnbull - National Trust for Scotland manager of the Balmacara Estate.

Livingstone the Cuckoo
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 01:00
Tagging Location:
Loch Iain Oiag, Balnacara, Highland
Age when found:
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Livingstone's journey from 02 May 2014 to 16 March 2015

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Livingstone's movements

26 Jun 2015 - Livingstone moved to inactive

We haven't received signals from Livingstones's tag since March and do not know whether he failed to return to the UK this year or whether his tag has stopped working. Everything was well according to the last signal received but it is unlikely that we will receive any further information about his journey now so he is being moved to inactive. 

20 Mar 2015 - Livingstone journeys on

We suspected Livingstone might rest up near Lake Volta to recover from his  journey but instead he continued 790km (490 miles) west fairly quickly to make it to Ivory Coast by 17 March.  Since the 12 March he has flown over 2500km (1,600 miles) over 8 days.  He is now the second most westerly Cuckoo, taking into account Hennah who is not shown on the map. 

16 Mar 2015 - Livingstone makes mammoth flight

At 00.27am on 15 March, Livingstone's tag transmitted from Cameroon. Over the next 18 hours he went on to fly over Nigeria, Benin and Togo to reach Ghana by 18.00pm on the same day. This mammoth trip is roughly 1450km (915 miles) long which means he was probably travelling at an average speed of just under 50mph!

He probably started off from his previous position in Central African Republic earlier that night, several hours before the first location in Cameroon, which makes the total flight about 1750km in about 22 hours. The last bit (from western Nigeria onwards) was done in the daytime, which is very unusual when Cuckoos aren't crossing the desert.

He is now north of Lake Volta, where he will likely spend some time feeding up and recovering from this incredible journey. 

27 Feb 2015 - Chris and Livingstone on northern edge of forest

In the last few days Chris has moved to the northern edge of the rainforest, having left his location in Congo and travelled 630km (390 miles). He has flown across the entire breadth of the forest spanning Congo and Central African Republic, at which point it is slightly narrower than to either the east and west. 

He is now in Central African Republic where Emsworthy, Livingstone and David are currently. Livingstone has also only moved to this area recently, travelling 590km (370 miles) north-east from Gabon. We now have five Cuckoos on the edge of the forest getting ready for the next stage of their migration to West Africa, where two of our Cuckoos already are. 

02 Feb 2015 - Poor quality signals from Livingstone

Livingstone has disappeared off the map but we received low quality signals from his tag on 31 January just a few days ago. Hopefully further signals soon will confirm whether he remains in the area or has been feeding up in preparation for a bigger movement. 

Past updates from Livingstone

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