pukeko

noun pu·ke·ko \püˈkā(ˌ)kō\
variants: less commonly

pukeka

\-ākə\

Definition of pukeko

plural

pukeko

or

pukekos

also

pukekas

  1. :  a purple swamphen of a subspecies (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) of New Zealand, Australia, and adjacent islands The species is usually found in swamps, bogs, or drains, but New Zealand pukeko are also commonly seen in open pastures adjacent to wetlands — Ian Jamieson and John L. Craig, Natural History, July 1993

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Origin and Etymology of pukeko

Maori


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