The resonant call of the kokako adds a whole dimension to the birdsong of Little Barrier Island. But what I enjoyed most was watching them move. On the ground they bound like a small kangaroo, but at a whim they can leave the ground and fly, albeit on weak wings. In fact they as much hop up into the canopy as fly up. Once in the canopy they can move very quickly with a range of flight assisted hops from branch to branch. I was very surprised on arriving on the island to see a pair of kokako on the lawn grazing, much like the kereru in my last blog. They didn’t come down again for me but I did get a nice view of one bathing in a garden pool (the bird behind it is a bellbird). Watch it here.


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