Congratulations to our own Robert Baird! Centropus bairdi, a recently discovered Pleistocene-aged, large predatory ground-dwelling cuckoo from southern Australia has been named after our director for his tireless assistance and support of research into avian palaeontology. The Centropus bairdi comes on the back of an earlier fossil named in his honour in 1984 – Murrindalaspis bairdi. For further information contact Flinders University or consult the following refereed paper.

Three terrestrial Pleistocene coucals (Centropus: Cuculidae) from southern Australia: biogeographical and ecological significance

ELEN SHUTE*, GAVIN J. PRIDEAUX and TREVOR H. WORTHY

School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA, 5001, Australia

Zoological Journal 177: 964-1002