Story: Kōrero taiao

Pīpīwharauroa chick

Pīpīwharauroa chick

This pīpīwharauroa (shining cuckoo) chick is in the nest of a riroriro (Chatham Island warbler). The cuckoos' habit of leaving their young to be raised by other birds was observed with disdain by Māori. They compared idle people to the koekoeā (long-tailed cuckoo) in particular.

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Basil Keane, 'Kōrero taiao - Good and bad qualities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007