Long-tailed Cuckoos have a status of “locally common”. They are around in bush where Whiteheads are found, but can be really hard to see. With some help from Whanganui local Paul Gibson we visited a good spot (Waitahinga trails, about 12 km north of Bushy Park) where we heard and saw several birds. More often seen flying overhead – once they land in a tree they can be really hard to spot. They sit quite still on a branch when they call.