Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo

Urodynamis taitensis

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

UROTAI

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with brown speckles.



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

16



Egg Incubator:

Host



Nest Location:

Nest used belongs to other birds.



Nest Material:

Whatever host species nesting material is.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo: Large cuckoo with buff barring and mottling on brown back and wings, and white underparts with black-brown streaks. Black-brown mottled mask, and buff eyebrow. Black-brown eye. Rather thick, gray-brown and yellow-olive bill. Long, pointed wings. Very long tail with black-brown and red-brown barring. Feeds on large insects, lizards, and the eggs and nestlings of other bird species.

Breeding and Nesting

Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo: Breeds in New Zealand, one white egg with brown speckles is laid in the cup nest of a Whitehead or Brown Creeper, or in the tree cavity nest of a Yellowhead. The host species incubates the egg for 16 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo: Feeds on large insects and small lizards. It also takes eggs and nestlings of other bird species. This cuckoo forages by climbing through bushes and trees, and using its bill to pick food items off of leaves and branches.

Vocalization

Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo: Species emits a whistling "ouit-ouit," but also a number of chatters and shrieks. Song is a loud, shrieking "zzhweep."

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X