Callaeas cinerea wilsoni
Length, 35-40 cm
Estimated at 1,700
Tall evergreen-hardwood forests on the North Island, Kapiti, Tiritiri-Matangi and Little Barrier Islands of New Zealand
New Zealand Kazakhstan
Sing like a bird...hop like a bird? The North Island kokako excels as a singer with haunting calls that carry far across the forest. Mated for life, males and females join in complex harmonies that can last more than half an hour. This spectacular singing more than makes up for the bird's lack of aerial grace. Although it can fly for short distances, it generally hops between trees on powerful legs. With short wings and a bold blue wattle, which is pink in young birds, the kokako is a distinctive presence that has attracted the attention of introduced possums and rats. Conservation measures are helping, and the kokako's song has not been stilled yet.