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Kokako

Callaeas cinerea

Range

They are found on the North Island of New Zealand.

Habitat

They live in dense forests.

Body Traits

They are dark bluish-gray birds with short wings and a long tail. They have a dark eye mask and a long, curved beak. There is a flap of blue skin that hangs down on either side of the mouth called a "wattle". They are the size of a domestic pigeon with long legs.

Habits

They move by hopping around on long legs and can only fly short distances. They are territorial, announcing their territory with a distinctive song.

Diet

They are omnivorous, eating plants, fruit, nectar and insects.

Reproduction

Mating pairs sing together and build a strudy nest high in a conifer. Mated pairs usually stay together for life. The female lays 1-3 eggs and incubates them (keeps them warm) while the male find food and brings it back to the female. One the chicks hatch they parents take turns bring food back to the nest.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

It is though that they can live up to 25 years. Their population is very endangered due to predation from invasive mammals, such as rats and possums.

Kokako

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class:     Aves
Order:     Passeriformes
Family: Callaeidae
Genus:     Callaeas
Species: C. cinerea

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