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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