Story: Large forest birds

Kōkako on a branch

Kōkako on a branch

Kōkako don’t fly much – instead they run on long legs and make gliding hops. They need multi-tiered, diverse forest with horizontal branches that provide a staircase from one level to the next, so they can search for food – insects and grubs, fruit, nectar and leaf buds.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Kōkako', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

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