Story: Land birds – overview



The pūkeko arrived in New Zealand within the last 1,000 years, and still has relatives of the same subspecies in Australia. It is a close relative of the takahē.

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Reference: 7 June 2004 (NZH-1002248)
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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Land birds – overview - Flightless land birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2015