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Wanted: proof of life for South Island kōkako – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 26th, 2017.

Whether the South Island kōkako is extinct or still lingering in remote South Island forests has been a fierce debate among bird enthusiasts. Now a charity is offering a $5000 reward for anyone who can deliver proof that the bird still exists. The South Island kōkako, Callaeas cinerea, used to occupy South Island forests but […]

Ancient kaka ‘cousin’ found in the Chatham Islands

Laura Goodall posted in on September 3rd, 2014.

New Zealand officially has a new species of parrot, but unfortunately it has already been extinct for several hundred years. A study, led by Landcare Research, analysed fossil parrot bones from the Chatham Islands and confirmed that they represent a distinct species that is unique to the island group but closely related to New Zealand’s kaka. Scientists […]

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