Shining Cuckoo

Maori Name: 
Pipiwharauroa
Scientific Name: 
Chrysococcyx lucidus
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16 cm, 25 g. Short-tailed metallic bronze-green cuckoo, barred dark green on white face and underparts. Juvenile duller and less distinctly barred. Song a distinctive series of high-pitched upward-slurring whistles: ''coo-ee, coo-ee . . .''followed by 1-2 downward slurringnotes: ''tsee-ew''; the latter often given when flying at night. Usual host is Grey Warbler. Habitat: Native forest, scrub, parks and gardens from Sep-Apr. Migrates to Solomon Is and Bismark Archipelago for NZ winter. Breeding: Oct-Feb.

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