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Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus


This chicken-sized bird, with its large feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is easily recognisable in its native range. When threatened, they will often walk away from danger rather than fly. When they fly, take-offs and landings are clumsy, and short flight distances are preferred. (


Pukekos are found on New Zealand's main islands and in the Chatham and Kermadec Islands. The same subspecies, Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus, of the purple swamphen is also found in mainland Australia, eastern Indonesia, the Mollucas, Aru and Kai Islands, as well as in Papua New Guinea. (


Spotted in New Zealand.

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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Mar 1, 2006
Submitted on Nov 24, 2014

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