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Pukeko, NZ Swamp Hen
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The Pukeko

The Pukeko is a common sight in open pastures and wetlands like the Cascade Kauri Park, Whatipu, Shakespear Regional Park, and Long Bay Regional Park. Adaptability led the hen to extent its living environment to parks like Western Springs and even into smaller reserves close to housing areas. Pukeko is the name Maori people gave the large swamp hen a close relative to the native yet endangered takahe.  As an import from Australia, it is believed to having arrived about 400 years ago.

Its looks and traits secured the hen a chapter in Maori mythology. The reddish legs and beak secured a position of high recognition, while mannerisms of bold and scheming behaviour that helped the bird raiding gardens serve to describe humans with particularly stubborn and annoying characteristics. The pukeko then inspired myths like the one ‘How the Kiwi Lost Its Wings’.

Eye-catching is its plumage that shows black upper parts and blue under parts with a white tail. Long gangly greyish to orange legs and a red-orange beak and front shield beautifully contrast the dark and blue plumage. This imposing swamp hen gained the heart of New Zealander by its appearance and its ability to adjust and its social attitude.

Artists like portraying the charismatic bird and decorate paintings and a wide selection of gifts with it. Gifts range from printed t-shirts and other wearable gift to wall decoration and useable items such as plates and mugs. Usually its appreciative looks tend to spike buying interest of customers. Zazzle has pukeko decorated gift samples and encourages using your own digital material for their creation. Marketers use its looks, remarkable movements and its fun name to draw attention to their marketing campaigns, while others extent their message to the birds adaptability and sociability

Living in constant groups, the breeding and rearing of their young ones is a group effort. In the wild they forge for sprout, shoots and roots, as well as for insects, worms, eggs, small birds and frogs. These birds live bravely alongside roads, roadside ditches, and housing areas. Farmers and home gardeners feel sometimes quite annoyed by the birds’ bravery to harvesting seedling s and the like from field or vegetable bed.

For further reading we recommend an article in the New Zealand Herald:
Pukeko: Rising star in the Kiwi animal kingdom

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