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Notes on Philippine birds. 6. The status of Cuculus canorus in the Philippines

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[Bull.Brit.Orn.Cl.1985
105(1)]
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passing
through
the
area.
However,
the
likelihood
that
a
small
breeding
popula-
tion
exists
should
not
be
entirely
dismissed.
The
recent
discovery
of
a
prospecting
Swinhoe's
Storm
Petrel
Oceanodroma
monorhis
on
the
same
island
(James
&
Robertson,
in
press)
demonstrates
how
easily
these
species
are
overlooked.
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Portuguese
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P.
A.
Zino.
Travel
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were
offset
by
the
Royal
Society,
Wolfson
College
and
the
Zoology
Department,
Oxford.
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Notes
on
Philippine
Birds,
6.
The
status
of
Cuculus
canorus
in
the
Philippines
by
E.
C.
Dickinson
Received
12
July
1984
According
to
duPont
(1971)
Cuculus
canorus
"winters
in
the
Philippines
from
northeast
Asia",
following
Delacour
&
Mayr
(1946).
However,
Mees
(1979)
considered
that
"with
a
single
exception,
all
records
from
south
and
east
of
the
main
islands
of
Japan,
continental
China
and
Thailand
are
erroneous,
due
to
confusion
with
C.
saturatus
horsfieldi".
His
one
exception
was
from
Hoorn,
an
islet
off
West
Java.
Mees
went
on
to
examine
the
Philippine
records
from
Basilan,
Batan,
Calayan,
Leyte,
Luzon
(in
part),
Negros,
Palawan
and
Siquijor.
However
he
omitted
2
records
in
the
literature,
one
from
Luzon
by
Zimmer
(1918)
and
one
from
Samar
by
Potter
(1953).
It
has
now
been
possible
to
locate
the
skins
of
both
these
as
well
as
to
investigate
the
status
of
the
Palawan
record.
It
now
therefore
seems
desirable
to
review
by
islands
the
status
of
all
Philippine
rcords
of
Cuculus
canorus.
Basilan.
McGregor
(1907a)
reported
a
male
taken
on
27
Dec
1906
by
collectors
from
the
Bureau
of
Science.
This
collection,
holding
most
of
the
skins
taken
by
McGregor
and
by
its
collectors,
was
destroyed
during
the
Second
World
War.
It
has
been
remarked
by
Rand
&
Rabor
(1960),
based
on
the
identity
of
an
extant
Calayan
specimen
(see
below),
that
"McGregor
did
not
properly
distinguish