Story: Estuaries

Pūkeko with hatchling

Pūkeko with hatchling

The pūkeko or swamp hen (Porphyrio melanotus) is a common resident of the rushlands that border estuaries and associated waterways. Found throughout New Zealand, pūkeko graze on swamp vegetation and nearby pastures, as well as eating insects, eggs and ducklings.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - The estuary ecosystem', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006