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Kōkako eggs

Kōkako eggs

Female kōkako build strong nests. They form a base structure of twigs, then weave a deep cup using long fibrous material and vine stems. The cup is then lined with soft material such as moss or rotten wood. The North Island kōkako female lays two or three pale pink eggs with dark mauve blotches. She incubates them while the male brings her food. Some years, if food is plentiful, she may lay two or even three clutches.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Kōkako', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

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