Patterns of calling by shining cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) on Kawau Island, New Zealand
|Title||Patterns of calling by shining cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) on Kawau Island, New Zealand|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Type of Article||Full Article|
|Keywords||calling behaviour, Chrysococcyx l. lucidus, shining bronze-cuckoo|
I recorded the calling behaviours of shining cuckoos (Chrysococcyx lucidus) from 1992 – 2015 on Kawau Island. The 3 most common calls, the upward crescendo “whistling call,” the downward slur “call-note,” and the “call-note” with “chatter” notes, were given from the arrival of adults in late August-early September until early January. After January only the call-note was heard. The upward whistling calls averaged 9.5 notes per calling bout (se = 0.18, n = 721). There was no significant difference in the number of whistling notes given with or without following notes. Single call-notes from lone cuckoos or groups of birds were restricted to specific sites on ridges. Calling was infrequently heard during evening twilight, and not heard during darkness. There was an increase in the number of cuckoo detections after 2009, and this corresponded with the appearance of communal behaviour and calling.