New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Shining Cuckoo

Scientific name:

 Chrysococcyx lucidus lucidus

Maori Name:

 Pipiwharauroa

  

 

Conservation status:

 Native. Not threatened

Mainland status:

 Widespread

Size:

 16cm, 25g

Lifespan:

 Unknown

Breeding:

 Mid October - Mid January

Diet:

 Invertebrates, especially caterpillars

 

Shining cuckoo in song - photography by: Dr Kerry RodgersThe shining cuckoo is metallic bronze green, barred dark green on a white face and underparts and has a short tail.

The song is a distinctive series of high-pitched upward-slurring whistles: ‘coo-ee’….followed by one or two downward-slurring notes ‘tsee-ew’.

The diet is mainly invertebrates, especially the small green caterpillars that feed on kowhai leaves and the black hairy caterpillars of the Magpie Moth.

Most shining cuckoos over-winter in the Solomon Islands and the Bismark Archipelago, returning to New Zealand in September.

From mid-October the shining cuckoo lays a single egg in the nest of its host species, usually a grey warbler. The egg is larger than the grey warbler's eggs and is olive green (the grey warbler's eggs are paler, often almost white, and sometimes speckled).  It hatches at approximately 15 days and, when a few days old, the cuckoo chick evicts the grey warbler eggs or chicks. The chick fledges at about 19 days and continues to be fed by both grey warbler foster parents for at least 4 weeks.


Shining Cuckoo - photographer: Dr Kerry Rodgers
Shining cuckoos are heard, and often seen, on Tiritiri Matangi every year, though it is not clear whether they breed on the Island or simply pass through. Breeding is possible, as there are resident grey warblers, though these are not as common on the Island as many other birds.


Learn more about the shining cuckoo at New Zealand Birds Online.







Photography by: Dr Kerry Rodgers © Right - shining cuckoo in song.  Left - shining cuckoo taking to flight

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking.