The pukeko is a New Zealand bird that is also found in Australia and Papua New Guinea, frequently found in marshland.

In one Maori legend, it is said that when birds were asked to  go on the ground to eat the insects that threatened to destroy the forest, the  pukeko refused, claiming that the ground was too wet and it did not want to get its  paws wet. He was punished by being condemned to live forever in the marshes.

The photo of this magnificent specimen with beautiful colours was taken in the Wetlands Reserve near New Brighton.


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