Weka (Woodhen)


Weka can be found in most habitats provided there is enough food to sustain them. They tend to congregate in tourist areas where they can get a quick feed however please don't succumb as they don't do well on a human diet.


Weka are large birds around the size of a chicken. They look like big light to dark brown Quails with roundish bodies and short tails. The tapering beak is used to good effect for ripping food and fingers from unsuspecting tourists.




Weka are large enough to fend off most predators but unfortunatly the chicks are vulnerable. Where predators are controlled they breed prolifically and have sometimes had to be culled as they compete too well against other native birds on offshore islands. The South Island Weka is much more common then the North Island variant.



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