Kōrero: Large forest birds

Buff weka in pasture

Buff weka in pasture

Weka eat diverse foods in a variety of habitats. In pasture, they feed on soil invertebrates. They also eat seeds, fruit, lizards, frogs, eggs, chicks and carrion. Buff weka were introduced to the Chatham Islands in 1905. They later became extinct on the mainland – but birds from the Chathams have been reintroduced to a few eastern South Island sites in recent years.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10028787
Photograph by P. R. Clerke

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Weka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10555/buff-weka-in-pasture (accessed 4 December 2023)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023