Story: Wetland birds

Pūkeko kitsch

Pūkeko kitsch

Pūkeko are a familiar sight to most New Zealanders, and are caricatured or depicted in various ways – emphasising the bird’s bright red bill and forehead shield, its red eyes, long red legs, and large feet.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Pūkeko and Australian coots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015