October 2016 – the birds are back

Spring is here. The shining cuckoos are calling in the forest. They have spent the winter in the Solomon Islands and flown thousands of kilometres to breed here in our summer. The riroriro or grey warblers are singing too. The female cuckoo will follow their song to find a riroriro nest to lay her egg. But all is not lost for riroriro for after they have fostered the cuckoo chick they will nest again and raise their own chicks. Kotare the kingfisher is repeating his harsh squark-squark-s...
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November 2015 – A cuckoo in the nest

Now watch out, riroriro! Shining cuckoos are calling in the Aongatete forest. They have flown here from the Solomon Islands and the Bismarck Archipelago to lay eggs in the nests of riroriro – the grey warbler. The cuckoo lays her egg in the riroriro’s nest, tossing out one riroriro egg to keep the number the same. When the young cuckoo chick hatches it tramples or pushes out the riroriro eggs or chicks. Then it grows into a large and hungry juvenile, demanding more a...
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