The New Zealand Pukako is like a Swamp Hen in other countries. This is unique to New Zealand. It’s a wading bird. It’s not threatened.
It’s interesting to note that in a social group the eggs are laid in one nest and the Pukakos males and females share in raising the young Pukakos.
Pukakos are found throughout all New Zealand but more scarce in drier areas. It doesn’t mind pasture for farmland and often chews at the roots of grass. They are mainly vegetarian the eat the stems, leaves, roots and seeds of grasses.