KōkāSouth Island kōkako

Conservation status
In serious trouble

The current world leader at hide-and-seek, South Island Kōkako were last “officially” spotted in 1967 and subsequently declared extinct until it was seen again in 2007. We are on a mission to prove it’s still out there – and save it before it truly disappears over the event horizon of extinction!

Campaign Manager

Sheryn Simpson

Our campaign focuses on raising awareness of South Island Kōkako, including what signs to look for. We have a unique chance to rediscover this beautiful bird now and voting South Island Kōkako #1 for Bird of the Year 2021 will help ensure the Grey Ghost doesn’t just fade into a haunting memory.

Sheryn Simpson holding a hawk on her arm
While young both North & South Island kōkako look the same, this is a teenage North Island kōkako