Don’t Ruffle My Feathers Again! laminated print
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Swamp hen, or Pūkeko is the common name, derived from the Māori language, for the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) in New Zealand. The subspecies occurring there is Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus, which is also found elsewhere in Australasia, including, in eastern Indonesia, the Mollucas, Aru and Kai Islands, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
This one definitely did not want it’s photo taken! But there were chicks around so was very defensive.
The colour red was associated with nobility and power by Māori so the Pūkeko was held in high esteem because of its red beak and legs
Pūkeko are known for their bold scheming and determination. In times past they raided gardens for kūmara (sweet potato) and taro. A stubborn, annoying person was compared metaphorically to the bird, and was said to have Pūkeko ears (taringa Pākura) (source, Wikepedia).
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