When do long-tailed cuckoos stop calling?

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Colin Miskelly
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When do long-tailed cuckoos stop calling?

Postby Colin Miskelly » Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:43 am

Long-tailed cuckoos were heard every day on Secretary Island (Doubtful Sound, Fiordland) 18-21 February, but none was heard on Coal Island (Preservation Inlet) further south during 23-25 February. Both islands have populations of two host species (brown creeper and mohua).

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Re: When do long-tailed cuckoos stop calling?

Postby Ian Southey » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:06 am

Colin

I suspect you were there on the cusp of migration. Many years ago I was wandering around not too far away in the Stillwater Valley through the middle of February. I remember the Long-tailed Cuckoos very vocal early in the trip, gathering in little groups and being quite active with some chasing and then toward the end I realised I hadn't heard any for a few days and I heard no more around Fiordland after that date. Maybe you witnessed a similar thing.

I wonder if you remember the weather? Last week in Auckland we had a SW change and a welcome drop in temperature. It occurs to me that the wind might have might have brought a change form headwinds to tailwinds and allowed all of the cuckoos to depart.

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Re: When do long-tailed cuckoos stop calling?

Postby Oscar Thomas » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:27 am

Marylin Rea-Menzies reported hearing multiple Long-tailed Cuckoos two days ago in Westport on the New Zealand Birders Facebook page:

“Last night in Westport, I heard a bird calling. It was quite late at night about 9-10 pm quite dark and fine weather, when I heard a long high-pitched bird call in a tree outside my place [in line with online recordings of Long-tailed Cuckoo] It went on for a while and when I went outside there were four or five others calling over in the Domain about 5 minutes walk away from my place. This went on for about an hour off and on!“
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Re: When do long-tailed cuckoos stop calling?

Postby Pat Miller » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:19 pm

We don't have Long-tailed Cuckoos in Northland except when they're passing through on their way south or north again, but I heard one at Spirits Bay around 10pm on 29th February, so I'm wondering Colin, do they ever stop calling in NZ? That is, when they go quiet are they still here?
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Re: When do long-tailed cuckoos stop calling?

Postby Colin Miskelly » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:45 pm

A long-tailed cuckoo was calling on Kapiti Island early this morning, but none others heard during the rest of the day

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