News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Kokako cry silenced in Taranaki’s Moki forest

The mournful cry of kokako has gone from Taranaki’s Moki Forest with the capture last week of the last known bird.

Bachelor boy or “big boy” as he’s now been dubbed, was caught by department of Conservation staff and transferred to Mt Bruce avery, a conservation area in the Wairarapa.

Tamanui tipped the scales at a healthy 275 grams, and along with one other bird becomes the heaviest kokako ever caught in the wild.

New Plymouth DoC ranger Bryan Williams is hopeful that Tamanui will take a fancy to his new mate and begin breeding.

At the moment his new mate is behind bars in the cage next door to Tamanui, but already she’s started calling to him. If all goes to plan, once Tamanui is out of quarantine, they’ll be given the opportunity to begin dating.

The female kokako is a proven breeder, with a dozen of her chicks on Auckland’s Tiritirimatengi Island. This is where the offspring of Tamanui’s will also end up.

Mr Williams says if Tamanui breeds he’ll be making a valuable contribution to the kokako gene pool and help preserve the uniqueness of the Taranaki birds, which are the most southerly population of kokako.

In the meantime DoC will continue to look for any further kokako. Reports indicate there may still be birds in the Waitaanga Saddle area, and possibly in the Makino Forest.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland