One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large New Zealand wattlebird with dark blue-grey plumage, a black downcurved bill, and two blue or orange wattles.
- ‘Its cousin, the stunning kokako, is slate gray with sky-blue wattles decorating a black-masked face.’
- ‘I took out my tape recorder, played a call - to which a kokako responded with a beautiful little song.’
- ‘In particular searches have been made for the kiwi, blue duck, yellow head and the South Island kokako.’
- ‘Possums can munch half a pound of foliage a day and prey on the eggs and chicks of endangered birds like the kokako, kereru, and kiwi - New Zealand's iconic national bird.’
- ‘Our love for the kiwi, the kokako, and the sperm whale unites us all - as does our commitment to their future well-being.’
Late 19th century: from Maori.
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