Other names: Purple swamphen, pook.
Most common member of the New Zealand rail family. Pukeko are good swimmers and fast runners but reluctant fliers.
Found: Abundantly around New Zealand from urban areas to farmland, with subspecies around the world.
Conservation status: Not threatened.
Threats: One of the few native birds to have flourished since the arrival of humans, adapting well to new habitats like open grassland.