- Conservation status
- In some trouble
This dignified blue wattled bird has a minimalist, operatic five-note song that makes the tūī's song seem like an elaborate train wreck. It soared into first place to win Bird of the Year in 2016 after a successful campaign by Oscar Thomas.
Claudia Hickey & Crystal Keith
The Freddie Mercury of all manu, the queen/king of all birds! The North Island kōkako has the mana of all manu, and is running for Bird of the Year '22. I ‘took’ like a hen, I ‘mew’ like a cat, singing my song to start kōkako chat! Tawa berries are red, my wattles are blue. Hear my haunting song, vote kōkako 2022. #KōkakoKōrero
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