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 eggs in the nests of other species and let the foster parents raise their chicks. Despite this apparently easy existence their numbers appear to be falling – probably because of deforestation on their winter islands in Solomon Islands, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago.

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Christina Troup, 'Small forest birds - Cuckoos', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023