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Weka (Bush Hen)

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Gallirallus australis
Weka (Bush Hen)


Several different groups of Weka are cut off from each other, living on offshore islands of New Zealand.


They live in forests, grasslands, sand and rocky areas. They can be found in yards and farms.

Body Traits

They are large, brown flightless birds about the size of a chicken.


They are curious birds and don’t shy away from things that interest them. This is why they are easily hunted for food! Their eggs and young are eaten by dogs, cats, rats, ferrets and weasels.


They eat fruit, insects, lizards, eggs and even small rodents and ground birds.

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Females are often preyed upon while nesting.

Weka (Bush Hen)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Gallirallus
Species: G. australis

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