Today’s photo of the week is of a shining cuckoo/pīpīwharauroa that has returned to New Zealand for the summer.
Shining cuckoos from New Zealand usually spend their winters in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. They return to New Zealand over summer to breed.
These birds are brood parasites and lay their eggs in nests of grey warbler/riroriro, after which the adult cuckoo takes no further part in raising their young. Once they hatch the young cuckoos are dependent on their warbler foster parents.
This shining cuckoo can be found throughout most of New Zealand, reflecting the wide distribution of the grey warbler.
Photo: Jack Mace