Shining Cuckoo (Pipiwharauroa) 16cm 25g Native

The shining cuckoo is approximately sparrow size, it is metallic green on the back with zebra-like stripes on the breast. It calls out in a series of short whistles ending with one or two “tsee-ew”. The call in late September, signals their arrival from the Solomon Islands where they winter.

They are seen mainly in areas where there are Grey Warblers. They use their nests to lay a single egg which the pair of Warblers hatch and feed until the young bird is independent. The juveniles then migrate to the tropics where they stay for approximately two years before they return.