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Pukeko

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The pukeko is a native (self-introduced) species that has become almost as ‘Kiwi’ as a kiwi. A well-recognised and relatively common bird, it is a colourful character but does have an aggressive and quite nasty streak.

Conservation status: Native species classified as ‘not threatened’. Diet: The most common food sources are shoots, leaves, stems and seeds of a variety of grasses, though it also eats other animals – it...

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