News item about long-tailed cuckoos

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News item about long-tailed cuckoos

Postby Raewyn » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:05 pm

I thought this might be of interest from our local news site https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/231704-k ... orest.html. Unfortunately it says that there are yellowheads as well as whiteheads in the forest. Presumably that is a mistake.

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Re: News item about long-tailed cuckoos

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:48 pm

I read that and when I got to the bit about yellowheads having increased more than whiteheads I had to wonder about the whole thing. Have they confirmed LTC breeding, or were they just passing through? Are they not present in other parts of the mamaku plateau?
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Re: News item about long-tailed cuckoos

Postby Pat Miller » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:59 am

Substitute yellowhammer for yellowhead. It's a common mistake, but there's no need to doubt the rest of the article because of it. I don't know the area but if there is open habitat for yellowhammers nearby they could have benefitted from the pest control that the long-tailed cuckoos have responded to as well.
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