Long-tailed Cuckoo, Waitahinga trails


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.


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