Spotless crakePūweto

Conservation status
In some trouble

Preferring to run and hide, these little ’uns are often thought of as flightless. However, they can be quite competent flyers. Based in New Zealand freshwater wetlands, they are even strong swimmers despite not having webbed feet.

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Broken Shed Vodka

Broken Shed Vodka

Spotless Crake embodies the spirit of Broken Shed Vodka, and is thoroughly deserving to become the Forest & Bird - Bird of the Year! Much like us, Pūweto rely on higher-altitude fresh-water sources across Aotearoa’s North and South Islands. These cryptic birds are monogamous, showing deep loyalty to each other and their territory. They are most active in Spring and Summer, conspicuous by a series of distinctive, loud calls, including a repeated 'mook' and a long trilling 'purr'. With their darkish appearance of browns and blue-grays, the Spotless Crake is much more subdued compared to their more strikingly patterned marsh crake cousins. But, don’t for a second think they are bland. Help us support the Pūweto and Forest & Bird's important work.

Spotless crake

Photo: butupa