A memorable moment was an intermediate school trip to see the kōkako. We awakened early in the morning at our Waitomo camp and set off on foot through the native bush to catch sight of the kōkako. We spotted one foraging in the tree-top branches, saw its blue wattles and heard its distinctive sound. (Listen to DoC: Kōkako song.) With numbers declining over the decades due to deforestation and predators. conservation projects have been reintroducing the kōkako to various locations in the North Island and outlying islands.
"In Māori myth, the kōkako filled its wattles with water and brought it to Maui as he fought the sun. Maui rewarded the bird by making its legs long and slender, enabling it to bound through the forest with ease." (Extract from DoC.)
Deforestation & predation led to declining numbersKeulemans, John Gerrard 1842-1912 :Blue-wattled crow, Glaucopis wilsoni. Orange-wattled crow, Glaucopis cinerea. (Two-thirds natural size). / J. G....
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With numbers declining over the decades due to deforestation and predators. conservation projects have been reintroducing the kōkako to various locations in the North Island.
(This DigitalNZ story was created in May 2019)