Story: Bird migration

Long-tailed cuckoo (2nd of 3)

Long-tailed cuckoo

Compared with the shining cuckoo, long-tailed cuckoos migrate to a wide range of destinations across the tropical Pacific. They return to New Zealand, the only place where they breed. They lay their eggs in the nests of whiteheads, yellowheads and brown creepers, and these birds raise the chicks.

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Christina Troup, 'Bird migration - New Zealand’s migratory birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

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