• Scientific Name: Urodynamis taitensis (Sparrman, 1787)
  • Polynesian Name: ’Arevareva, pareva, tehefa, o’oea (Tahiti), ’o’ovea (Maupiti), kurevareva (Tuamotu du nord), kakaveka (Mangareva), ka’eva’eva, kaevaeva, karevareva, ko’eva (Marquises), o’oroveo (Tubuai), Oroveo (Rurutu), titi orovea (Rimatara), ko’e ko’e (Rapa)
  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae
  • Category: Migratory Birds
  • Distribution: Nouvelle-Zélande (reproduction), Polynésie française (tous les archipels)

Apearance and identification

15 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. The top of the body is brown streaked with red and white spots on the wings. The breast and belly are white speckled with brown. Two light bands in a V shape surround the eye. The tail feathers are particularly long. The legs are short. The beak is yellow, strong and curved at its tip.

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Characteristics

Breeds in New Zealand and then migrates in many of the Southwest Pacific islands. Cuckoos arrive in March-April in Polynesia and leave in September-October. A few individuals remain in the Pacific Islands during the austral summer. Present in all archipelagos of French Polynesia.

In New Zealand only. A single egg is laid in the nests from other species of birds such as bald Mohoua (Mohoua albicilla) Mohoua Yellow-headed (M. achrocephala) or Mohoua pipipi (M. novaeseelandiae).

Solitary and secret, he lives in the forest canopy where it is rarely seen.

It emits powerful whistle in case of danger or just before a downpour, which earned him his nickname of “rain bird”.

Consisting of insects, lizards, eggs and chicks.

Distribution

Breeds in New Zealand and then migrates in many of the Southwest Pacific islands. Cuckoos arrive in March-April in Polynesia and leave in September-October. A few individuals remain in the Pacific Islands during the austral summer. Present in all archipelagos of French Polynesia.

Reproduction

In New Zealand only. A single egg is laid in the nests from other species of birds such as bald Mohoua (Mohoua albicilla) Mohoua Yellow-headed (M. achrocephala) or Mohoua pipipi (M. novaeseelandiae).

Habitat

Solitary and secret, he lives in the forest canopy where it is rarely seen.

Voice

It emits powerful whistle in case of danger or just before a downpour, which earned him his nickname of “rain bird”.

Food

Consisting of insects, lizards, eggs and chicks.

Status and protection

This species is not threatened. However, it is a predator of endemic birds of French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.