Bay Breasted Cuckoo hopping from tree top to tree top. Unfortunately no frontal shot.
Heard a couple of short calls. Heard in the same area the next day.
First shining cuckoo of the season. Only heard, not seen.
Heard its distinctive call for the first time this season
Unmistakable call, repeated many times (repeated upward whistles sometimes followed downwards slur).
(First I've heard here this season but have been away for the past week.)
One shining cuckoo heard calling near intersection of Purple Peak Road and Stony Bay Road, Akaroa.
Heard, rather than saw, 2 shining cuckoos
The cuckoos are a family, Cuculidae, of near passerine birds, named for the Common Cuckoo of Europe. The order Cuculiformes, in addition to the cuckoos, also includes the turacos (family Musophagidae, sometimes treated as a separate order, Musophagiformes). Some zoologists and taxonomists have also included the unique Hoatzin in the Cuculiformes, but its taxonomy remains in dispute. The cuckoo family, in addition to those species named as such, also includes the roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals...