Described as grey ghosts because they are seldom seen in New Zealand forests, kōkako are known for their incredible song. The Call of the Kōkako delves into their world, once preyed upon by predators in a shrinking habitat. It tells the remarkable story of how the kōkako, New Zealand’s last remaining species of wattlebird, is being saved.
Well known author Maria Gill sets the scene, in The Call of the Kōkako, by locating where kōkako are found in pockets of North Island forest and one island deep in Fiordland in the South Island. Thanks to the Kōkako Recovery Group, mating pairs are being released in bird sanctuaries and on predator-free islands around the country.