‘Wanted, preferably alive’: the $10,000 search for New Zealand’s ‘ghost’ bird

‘Wanted, preferably alive’: the $10,000 search for New Zealand’s ‘ghost’ bird

Many believe the South Island kōkako to be extinct – but the recovery of its North Island relative has given conservationists hope

There are few good news stories in conservation, but one group of committed volunteers in New Zealand is hoping for something better – a miracle.

Spurred on by the successful recovery of the North Island kōkako – a large, long-legged songbird with a blue wattle and haunting call – they are searching the South Island for its close relative, though many already believe it to be lost.

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