13 Sep 2021

Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne - The cuckoos' return

From Nine To Noon, 11:45 am on 13 September 2021
long tailed cuckoo

long tailed cuckoo Photo: engraving by J. G. Keulemans / photo Oscar Thomas

Spring sees the return to Aotearoa of not one but two species of native cuckoo, whose migrations are among the longest of any songbird.

Kennedy will focus specifically on the long-tailed cuckoo, which is the larger of our two cuckoos, and the one that flies the farthest.

Kennedy will refer to a recent webinar in which Brian Gill, retired curator of birds and land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, gave a talk entitled Large insects and baby birds: diet of the long-tailed cuckoo in NZ. Click here to hear the call of the long-tailed cuckoo.  

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