Story: Wetland birds

Pūkeko family

Pūkeko often breed communally, and young fledglings from a previous clutch may help care for the hatchlings. This older bird is guiding a young chick as it learns to find food, and will try to keep it safe from predators.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Pūkeko and Australian coots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

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