Category: Migratory Birds
Breeds in New Zealand and then migrates in many of the Southwest Pacific islands. Cuckoos arrive in March-April in Polynesia and leave in September-October. A few individuals remain in the Pacific Islands during the austral summer. Present in all archipelagos of French Polynesia.
Solitary and secret, he lives in the forest canopy where it is rarely seen.
It emits powerful whistle in case of danger or just before a downpour, which earned him his nickname of “rain bird”.
To listen the Long-tailed Koel:
Consisting of insects, lizards, eggs and chicks.
In New Zealand only. A single egg is laid in the nests from other species of birds such as bald Mohoua (Mohoua albicilla) Mohoua Yellow-headed (M. achrocephala) or Mohoua pipipi (M. novaeseelandiae).
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientific Name: Urodynamis taitensis (Sparrman, 1787)
’Arevareva, pareva, tehefa, o’oea (Tahiti), ’o’ovea (Maupiti), kurevareva (Tuamotu du nord), kakaveka (Mangareva), ka’eva’eva, kaevaeva, karevareva, ko’eva (Marquises), o’oroveo (Tubuai), Oroveo (Rurutu), titi orovea (Rimatara), ko’e ko’e (Rapa)
This species is not threatened. However, it is a predator of endemic birds of French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.