PīpīwharauroaShining cuckoo

Conservation status
Doing OK

Maori welcomed pīpīwharauroa with the proverb “Ka tangi te wharauroa, ko nga karere a Mahuru,” which means “If the shining cuckoo cries, it is the messenger of spring.” For grey warblers, spring may come with a surprise – cuckoos lay their eggs in warbler nests.

Shining Cuckoo

Photo: Laurie Boyle