Story: Bird migration

Shining cuckoo (1st of 3)

Shining cuckoo

The shining cuckoo and the long-tailed cuckoo are the only birds of the bush that migrate from New Zealand after breeding. The shining cuckoo or pīpīwharauroa flies to islands on the western edge of the Pacific to spend the winter. From early September it returns to the same site in New Zealand. Large numbers pass through Lord Howe Island on the way. They lay their eggs in the nests of grey warblers, who incubate them and rear the chicks.

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Christina Troup, 'Bird migration - New Zealand’s migratory birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015