Story: Small forest birds

Shining cuckoo

Shining cuckoos (pīpīwharauroa) return to New Zealand each spring after spending winter in the tropics. Like other cuckoos around the world, they lay their egg in the nest of another species and let the foster parents raise their chick. Despite this apparently easy existence their numbers appear to be falling – probably because of deforestation on their winter islands in western Indonesia, New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and the Solomon Islands.

Sound file from Birds of New Zealand. Compact disc. © Viking Sevenseas NZ, 1980 (PO Box 152, Paraparaumu). All rights reserved.

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Photograph by G. R. Roberts

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Christina Troup. 'Small forest birds - Cuckoos', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 21-May-14
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/natural-sounds/12499/shining-cuckoo