Friday, 14 March 2014

The New Zealand Weka, Melenaite

The New Zealand Weka

The New Zealand Weka

  • The North Island weka, once widespread, is now only found on the mainland in the hills between Matawai and Opotiki, where a few thousand survive. Since 2000, weka have been released near Russell, in the Whirinaki Forest and there is a small population on the margins of the Hauraki Gulf near

  • Western weka are the most common subspecies and are found throughout the Marlborough Sounds, scattered in other regions of Nelson.

  • Buff weka were once common on the eastern South Island. They have been reintroduced to The Pekekara and Wakatipu islands

  • Weka occupy a range of habitats including forests, sub alpine grassland, sand dunes, rocky shores, and even modified. The fact that some weka populations persist in highly modified habitats suggests that they can adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions..

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