Pacific long-tailed cuckoo

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This article is about New Zealand species. For the African long-tailed cuckoos, see Cercococcyx.
Long-tailed cuckoo
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Urodynamis
Species: U. taitensis
Binomial name
Urodynamis taitensis
(Sparrman, 1787)
Synonyms

Eudynamys taitensis

The Pacific long-tailed cuckoo (Urodynamis taitensis), also known as the long-tailed cuckoo, long-tailed koel, or the koekoeā in Māori, is a species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. The species breeds in New Zealand, and migrates to the islands of the south-western Pacific in the winter.

The long-tailed cuckoo is a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of yellowheads, whiteheads and brown creepers. The eggs hatch before those of the host and the young chicks eject the eggs of the host. Long-tailed cuckoo chicks are able to mimic the calls of their host's chicks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Urodynamis taitensis". International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  • Davies, N (2000) Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats T & A D Poyser, London, ISBN 0-85661-135-2