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Long-tailed Koel

LONG-TAILED KOEL
Coucou de Nouvelle-Zélande - Photo Alexandre Champarnaud

Coucou de Nouvelle-Zélande @ Alexandre Champarnaud


APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION
15 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. The top of the body is brown streaked with red and white spots on the wings. The breast and belly are white speckled with brown. Two light bands in a V shape surround the eye. The tail feathers are particularly long. The legs are short. The beak is yellow, strong and curved at its tip.

Order: Cuculiformes

Family: Cuculidae

Category: Migratory Birds


LOCATION

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.


CHARACTERISTICS

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:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Urodynamis-taitensis

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.

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/778900
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=3BD58F083A982F9D
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/coucou.de.nouvelle-zelande.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/long-tailed-koel-urodynamis-taitensis
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/long-tailed-koel-urodynamis-taitensis
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22684072/93012929

NAMES

Scientific Name: Urodynamis taitensis  (Sparrman, 1787)

Polynesian Name:
’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)

LOCATION
  • New-Zealand (breeding)
  • French Polynesia (all archipelagos)
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STATUS AND PROTECTION

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.