Story: King Country region

North Island kōkako

Pureora Forest is home to the rare North Island kōkako. Large numbers of these native birds used to live in the North Island, but deforestation has severely restricted their range. Small populations now exist in Pureora Forest, as well as the northern Urewera, Bay of Plenty and Northland. Listen to the rich and varied tune of the kōkako, which features on the reverse side of New Zealand's $50 banknote – its tone is as delicate and precise as that of the most skilled human singer.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Mar 2015