variants or less commonly pukeka
plural pukeko or pukekos also pukekas
: 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 wetlandsIan Jamieson and John L. Craig, Natural History, July 1993

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“Pukeko.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pukeko. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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