Story: Land birds – overview

Weka, Kapiti Island

Weka, Kapiti Island

The weka is one of a number of New Zealand’s flightless species that finds all its food on or near the ground. It eats a variety of animal prey and plant foods. 

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Land birds – overview - Flightless land birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 November 2019)

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