Story: Large forest birds

Weka in bush

Weka in bush

Weka can be found in bush, scrub and bush margins – especially near streams, wetlands and open pasture where there are diverse types of food. They flick litter aside with their bills to find invertebrates. This weka on Kāpiti Island is probably a hybrid of the North Island and western South Island subspecies – both were introduced to the island.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Weka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023