The hunt for the South Island kōkako, New Zealand’s long-lost bird

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The hunt for the South Island kōkako, New Zealand’s long-lost bird


A 19th century illustration of the South Island kōkako

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Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of diving deep into the Search For Lost Birds, an initiative that’s steering the world’s army of birdwatchers, conservationists and researchers towards finding 10 of the most enigmatic and important bird species lost to science. There have already been some successes – including the extraordinary rediscoveries …



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