KōkāSouth Island Kōkako

Conservation status
In serious trouble

Don’t play hide and seek with theses birds. The last accepted sighting was in 1967 since then they have been declared extinct. And now they may be back, the conservation status has moved to data deficient since an accepted sighting on the West Coast in 2007. We are still looking for remains, feathers, droppings, video, or photographs to support their status.

Campaign Manager

Sheryn Simpson

While the South Island kokako remains on the 'data deficient' list, we're determined to prove it's still out there.... somewhere! We won't give up until the South Island kokako is found and a sighting is confirmed. Hopefully the South Island kokako will follow in the footsteps of our beautiful takahē and make a remarkable return from the brink of extinction. With your help we can raise awareness for this shy and impressive bird and take out Bird of the Year 2020! 

Old South Island kōkako illustration

South Island Kokako, Callaeas cinerea, collected no data, New Zealand. Acquisition history unknown. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (OR.014300)