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One beautiful bird

posted 5 Nov 2016, 21:27 by Sandra Kirby
Unlike Donald Trump I am not being sexist.  Last month the Forest & Bird Society ran their annual Bird of the Year campaign - you have to be a NZ nativ bird to qualify and then you win by having the largest popular vote.  Over 20,000 people participated - so it was almost as popular as voting in the local body elections!

This year's winner is the Kokako.  As I heard this a week or so ago I thought I must blog so Mark & Stacey know.  They saw a kokako when we were at Mt Bruce in August - it is quite a distinctive bird.  Not too many years ago it was on the brink of extinction but is now said to be recovering with breeding programmes in predator free areas.

Runner up this year was the kea and the third place went to fantail

There is no record of what the kokako thought of this honour