Story: Wetland birds

Distribution of pūkeko and Australian coot

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Pūkeko are found in most of the North Island. In the South Island they are widespread in lowland country. They are also on the Kermadec and Chatham island groups. Australian coots are scattered through many regions of the North and South islands.

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Source: C. J. R. Robertson, P. Hyvönen, M. J. Fraser, and C. R. Pickard, Atlas of bird distribution in New Zealand, 1999–2004. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 2007

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Pūkeko and Australian coots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015