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Wetland game birds: pūkeko (7th of 7)

Wetland game birds: pūkeko

Often known as swamp hens, West Coast pheasants or ‘pooks’, pūkeko are found in damp areas throughout New Zealand. Their flight is short and ungainly, and they are easy to shoot, although little targeted by hunters. Their call is a screech.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 7 June 2004
Photograph by Greg Bowker

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Neil Deans, 'Game birds - Game birds in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16703/wetland-game-birds-pukeko (accessed 22 March 2019)

Story by Neil Deans, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 29 Apr 2015