DescriptionThe Kokako has a haunting song and is more likely to be heard not seen. The Kokako has an obscure evolutionary relationship to other birds. The Kokako is endemic to New Zealand and is recovering their numbers in managed populations around the North Island. All unmanaged populations are extinct. In 2017 it was reported there were apx 1595 breeding pairs, up from apx 330 breeding pairs in 1999.
The blue wattles on this Kokako indicates it is the North Island Kokako. There is a South Island Kokako with orange wattles but it is in serious trouble as one has not been seen in years. There is a bounty of $10,000 for a recent photo of the South Island Kokako.
The Kokako was New Zealand Bird of the Year in 2016. Voting is in apx October/November every year and is always an exciting and heavily competed contest.
The Kokako sparkly decoration with feet was introduced in 2021.
This decoration is made of fabric, sequins, beads and coloured metallic threads. It is nice and light for posting. If you need to send them internationally we can do it for you. Handy information - The cost to send up to 5x NZ Bird sparkly decorations to the same international address is the same as sending 1x.