pu·​ke·​ko | \ püˈkā(ˌ)kō \
variants: or less commonly pukeka \ -​ākə \
plural pukeko or pukekos also pukekas

Definition of pukeko

: 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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“Pukeko.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pukeko. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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