Story: Wetland birds

Australian coot and chick

Australian coot and chick

This Australian coot is holding aquatic plant material in its bill, to feed its chick. Many coots arrived in New Zealand in 1957, coinciding with the start of a major drought in Australia. They are now well established, their numbers increasing as they colonise new wetlands.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Pūkeko and Australian coots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

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