Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pukeko

Pukeko. (Porphyrio porphyrio).

I’m in speed mode
Head down, tail feathers up
Splayed foot propelled


(Porphyrio porphyrio).
Also known as the swamp hen, this is the most commonly encountered of the five living species of the rail family native to New Zealand, the others being the closely related takahe or Notornis, weka, banded rail, spotless crake and marsh crake. Pukekos dwell in swamps, along lake shores, and in poorly drained pastures throughout New Zealand and Chatham Islands, and are occasionally wind-borne to the Kermadecs and Campbell Island. Though native to this country, the species, in the form of various subspecies, occurs widespread in a number of overseas countries. The local subspecies is called melanotus. 

~ Bernard

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