Favourite feathered friend

Forest and Bird is doing its annual poll to find the bird of the year.

Candidates for the title of our favourite feathered friend include the Barn Owl, which is New Zealand’s newest native bird, and more well known candidates like the piwakwaka (fantail)  and korimako (bellbird).

The karearea’s (NZ falcon) chances ought to be boosted by featuring in an interview with its campaign manager but so far the Pukeko is a clear leader with 5228  votes.

6 Responses to Favourite feathered friend

  1. gravedodger says:

    Its election year so KFC will win by about the length of the Southwestern Motorway.

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  2. fredinthegrass says:

    Pukeko is a dirty word round here, Hp. They disrupt the nesting ducks, flog their eggs, and generally make a nuisance of themselves……and they are no b…..y good to eat.
    Cant think for one moment why the h anyone would want to vote for a pukeko.
    My vote is going to the korimako. The pair in our garden are a delight to wake up to in the morning and their daytime song is so melodic. Little devils are quite hard to spot in the foliage though.

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  3. robertguyton says:

    My vote goes to the Red-Faced Bennett.

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  4. pdm says:

    Fred – my mother used to make Pukeko Soup which was okay and a family friend of mrs pdm’s family used to stew them – again ok.

    RG – thankfully the soon to be extinct mallard is not a native.

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  5. fredinthegrass says:

    What species /genus is that Rg?
    pdm – the old coal range was good for that – modern cookers seem too fast.
    Then of course there is always the “cook with a gumboot” recipe!!

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  6. robertguyton says:

    Welfareministeris Footinmouthis Inthedogboximiss.
    It’s quite a mouthful Fred but hers is a big foot and it’s right in there.

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