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Kokako (New Zealand Wattlebirds)

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Kokako (New Zealand Wattlebirds)

Range

They are found in New Zealand.

Habitat

They are found in the forest.

Body Traits

They are dark bluish-grey birds with a long tail and short wings. They have a flap of skin that hangs down on either side of their mouths called a “wattle.” The wattle of the Kokako on the North Island is blue and on the South Island is yellow or orange. Males and females look the same.

Habits

They tend to run along the forest floor hopping about rather than fly. They sing to mark their territory. Introduced predators like weasels (stouts), possums and rats have brought the bird to the edge of extinction. They are extremely endangered.

Diet

They eat plants, fruits and insects.

Reproduction

Females lay eggs and warm them (incubate) for almost 2 months.

Kokako (New Zealand Wattlebirds)

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