A Pukeko bird, related to the swamphen, stands on an old tree stump showing its distinctive white undertail.<br />
The Pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) is a large rail native to New Zealand. It is also known as the Purple Swamphen or the New Zealand Swamphen. The Pukeko is a distinctive bird, with deep blue-purple plumage, a red beak and eye wattles, and long, orange-red legs. It is typically found in wetlands, swamps, and other damp habitats, where it feeds on a variety of plant materials, invertebrates, and small animals. The Pukeko is capable of flying short distances, although it is not a strong flier. In New Zealand, the Pukeko is widespread and common throughout much of the country, including the North and South Islands, as well as a number of offshore islands. It is an important species in the country's wetlands and is protected under the Wildlife Act 1953
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A Pukeko bird, related to the swamphen, stands on an old tree stump showing its distinctive white undertail.
The Pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) is a large rail native to New Zealand. It is also known as the Purple Swamphen or the New Zealand Swamphen. The Pukeko is a distinctive bird, with deep blue-purple plumage, a red beak and eye wattles, and long, orange-red legs. It is typically found in wetlands, swamps, and other damp habitats, where it feeds on a variety of plant materials, invertebrates, and small animals. The Pukeko is capable of flying short distances, although it is not a strong flier. In New Zealand, the Pukeko is widespread and common throughout much of the country, including the North and South Islands, as well as a number of offshore islands. It is an important species in the country's wetlands and is protected under the Wildlife Act 1953

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