Shining cuckoos (pīpīwharauroa) return to New Zealand each spring after spending winter in the tropics. Like other cuckoos around the world, they lay their eggs in the nests of other species and let the foster parents raise their chicks. Despite this apparently easy existence their numbers appear to be falling – probably because of deforestation on their winter islands in New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and the Solomon Islands.
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