Angel-tongued and devil-faced—kokako is one of our rarer and most striking birds. KōkāSouth Island Kōkako Conservation status In serious trouble Share. Audio $10k reward draws 'Grey Ghost' sightings, recordings Two distributions are shown: the estimated maximum extent of the kōkako (greyish-green) based on fossil records, and the estimated extent by the … Amateur ornithologist Alec Milne was contacted to assess Clarke's sighting. The trust is offering a $10,000 reward for definitive photographic evidence of the South Island kōkako’s existence. The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust, which is offering the reward, said it would be paid once experts confirm evidence showing the bird still exists. Gaze said reports of "tantalising" close encounters of the "grey ghost" meant there "has to be a possibility" the kokako was still alive in the Nelson area. Sullivan said there had been no reports of kokako in the Marsden Valley for the last three months or so, but that he knew of reported sightings at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. And now they may be back, the conservation status has moved to data deficient since an accepted sighting on the West Coast in 2007. An illustration of the blue-wattled North Island kokako and the orange-wattled South Island kokako. Trustee Ron Nilsson worked in most of these areas in the days of the Wildlife Service and has been compiling a database of reports for many years. The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust said probably the most exciting and accessible area of strong interest was south of Reefton around Merrijigs, and also the Granville forest, 25km further down the Grey Valley. "Everyone wants photos," Milne said. Inger Perkins, who is manager of the trust, told RNZ's Morning Report they are still receiving reports of potential encounters with the bird, with six this year already. North Island kokako have survived and are protected. But the likelihood of long-term funding towards search efforts remains low without that singular token of proof. Genetic comparisons have revealed that the New Zealand wattlebirds share a common ancestor with satinbirds, berrypeckers and … Their ancestors include the stitchbird. Before the Reefton sighting, the last accepted sighting of a South Island … "Hopefully with at least two people reporting it we can get this sighting accepted.". This was disputed by Forest and Bird member and Cable Bay resident Ian Price who said a South Island kokako would have been reliably discovered in the last 40 years if the species still existed. A supposed kōkako feather was found in 1995, but examination by scientists at the National Museum showed it to be from a blackbird. Close. A $10,000 reward was posted for evidence the South Island kōkako. "There would need to be a very good description with a lot of detail to have it verified, or a number of people seeing it. The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust, which is offering the reward, has said the reward would be paid once experts confirmed any evidence was confirmed. But there is still no confirmation it exists. South Island kōkako sightings are just wishful thinking, he says. The search for the South Island kōkako commenced four decades ago. "Advocacy group Forest and Bird said a sighting of the bird by two people near Reefton in 2007 had recently been accepted by the Ornithological Society's Records Appraisal Committee, which monitors the status of rare and endangered birds. In 2010 the Department of Conservation was forced to revoke the 'extinct' status of the bird after the one such sighting was accepted by the NZ rare birds committee as being legitimate. Over 100 'sightings' of extinct South Island kōkako. It was listed as extinct until 2013 when its status was reclassified as 'data deficient' by the Department of Conservation. The trust had also received very credible reports from: the Milford Track (up the track from Sandfly Point), the Cobb Valley (Chaffee Hut), the Richmond Ranges (near mid Wairoa Hut), Doubtful River (Lewis Pass area) and most recently, Spur Track in Hanmer Forest Park. The promise of $10,000 for proof of a South Island kōkako, long thought extinct, has attracted recordings and more than 50 possible sightings. A further three reports of encounters have come from close to the Aorere Shelter at the northern end of the Heaphy Track. It is highly exciting if it proves to be real.". Larger than a tui but smaller than a pigeon, it was a member of Callaeidae bird family which dates back 30 million years. Milne said there had been a growth in reported sightings over the recent summer season, including one in the Cobb Valley, although he put it down to a greater inclination to report rather than higher numbers of kokako. The last confirmed sightings of the South Island Kōkako (Callaeas cinereous), also known as the “Grey Ghost” due to its shy nature and grey coloring, were recorded in 2007.Following re-classification in 2013 the species is listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. We had him so long that we were trying to discuss what it was while we were still there." Kōkako have been around for a very long time. With resurging numbers (now exceeding 600 breeding pairs), conservationists are optimistic that their haunting song will again flood through the forests of the North Island. Golden Bay hobby ornithologist Alec Milne was alerted to the report of the sighting by Te Papa last month and contacted the Clarkes to firm up the details. "They correctly identified the orange wattles, the plumage and the distinctive call," Milne said. He said their reclassification from "extinct" to "data deficient" meant DOC was "certainly a lot more open now", and was responsive to requests to place cameras in the Cable Bay area, Milne said. 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The South Island Kōkako Trust offered $5000 reward for sightings of the bird, and recently doubled that. Unconfirmed sightings of South Island kōkako and reports of calls have continued, but no authenticated recent remains, feathers, droppings, video, or photographs exist. The trust has received over 200 observations of South Island Kokako and, where possible, investigates and validates these observations. "Our database includes several encounters from this area and other parts of the Heaphy Track, and, with sustained predator control in these areas, I'm reasonably optimistic that our South Island kokako could still be surviving there," Mr Nilsson said. Most people do have some photographic stuff with them these days.". Ornithological Society of New Zealand council president David Lawrie said any sightings had to meet the rigorous evidential standards of the society's five-person records appraisal committee to receive official verification. In the early 1900s the kōkako was common in forests throughout New Zealand. The last accepted sighting in 2007 was the first considered genuine since 1967, although there have been several other unauthenticated reports. 7 Jun, 2018 11:28 PM 2 minutes to read. The North Island kokako appears on the New Zealand $50 note. The South Island kōkako is a possibly extinct forest bird endemic to the South Island of New Zealand. The trust said today its confidence in such reports comes from decades of experience. “We also get continual sightings of kākāpō in the North Island and moose in Fiordland. "If you give it time it will happen. Archived. Crossposted by u/[deleted] 2 years ago. Close. However, a photograph remains as elusive as the bird itself. A grey-coloured bird with a dark facial mask, orange wattles and a short-winged glide, the South Island kokako once occupied forested areas from Nelson to Stewart Island. South Island kōkako. The South Island kokako could mimic other animal's sounds but is believed not to respond to recordings of its own calls, which ranged from a mellifluous whistle to a mournful wail or organ-like note. But numbers of South Island kokako, which had a distinctive orange wattle, had been extremely low for the last 100 years, he said. However, every year there are around half a dozen sightings. The South Island kōkako (Callaeas cinereus) is a possibly extinct forest bird endemic to the South Island of New Zealand.Unlike its close relative the North Island kōkako it has largely orange wattles, with only a small patch of blue at the base, and was also known as the orange-wattled crow (though it was not a … The South Island kōkako, almost identical in appearance to its North Island cousin, has distinctive orange wattles (ears) instead of the royal-blue around the … "It was sort of as a wood pigeon might be, a bit dopey but it will come up to you. North Island kokako have survived and are protected. Recently, many more people have joined the effort and we’re now calling on all backcountry users to be our eyes and ears. But numbers of South Island kokako, which had a distinctive orange wattle, had been extremely low for the last 100 years, he said. In the early days, just a few individuals were looking, assisted occasionally by DOC and its predecessors. Over 100 'sightings' of extinct South Island kōkako. A native bird classified by the Department of Conservation (DOC) as extinct in 1967, the South Island kokako was reclassified as "data deficient" following an accepted sighting near Reefton in 2007. Photo / Supplied. For the North Isl… The grey ghost The South Island kōkako is rarely seen, with the last … Eighteen months after a $10,000 reward was posted for evidence the South Island kōkako is not extinct, over 100 possible encounters have been reported and the Reefton area is now top of the list. 32. Photo / … However their numbers declined rapidly following the introduction of cats, rats and stoats and they were rare by the 1880s. People in general are known to be poor eyewitnesses.” [Chapter Break] Yet the people who are looking for the South Island kōkako can’t be easily dismissed as sloppy observers … A surveillance exercise to find or record the kokako was undertaken in Marsden Valley last year after years of reported sightings in the nearby Maitai Valley and Dun Mountain areas. "There's probably a few birds there but not many. The elusive bird’s campaigners say the lack of photos, videos or live action meme worthy material won’t hold the bird’s campaign back. Despite no confirmed sightings in 12 years, and having once been classed as extinct, the South Island kōkako is in the running for BotY. Kōkako are … "If there was one still alive – and it's a big if – it would likely be a male and the female would have been predated off the nest.". ", Central Otago horticulture labour shortage not going away, Trucks to clog SH1: More than 1000 containers Auckland-bound, 'Increasing concern': China hits new Aussie product, Bakery ordered to pay $90,000 over migrant exploitation. South Island kōkako are now assumed to be extinct. Ron Nilsson, a member of the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust, said the sighting would be taken seriously - just as the other half dozen annual reported sightings are, reports RNZ. Over 100 'sightings' of extinct South Island kōkako. The trio watched the bird, known as the grey ghost, for nearly 15 minutes from a distance of about eight metres and later filed an official report after matching its features to a taxidermied model from the 1930s. English: The map above provides an estimated historical distribution of the South Island kōkako (Callaeas cinereus), along with the last two generally accepted sightings. However, Mr Milne said 57 unconfirmed reported sightings were made of the South Island kokako in the 20 years to 2010. "It was a bit in the shadows but it turned and it had these big orange wattles. The South Island kokako was one of 5 species of New Zealand wattlebirds, an endemic family that includes the living North Island kokako and saddlebacks (2 species) and the extinct huia. the North Island kōkako has blue wattles (fleshy pads hanging from each corner of the bill), while the South Island bird’s wattles were orange. The call has gone out and a $5000 reward offered for proof the South Island kōkako, once thought to be extinct, is still alive. A claimed sighting of the South Island kokako, a bird declared extinct six years ago, has fuelled hopes the species could still be alive. A native bird classified by the Department of Conservation (DOC) as extinct in 1967, the South Island kokako was reclassified as "data deficient" following an accepted sighting near Reefton in 2007. In what's thought to be a New Zealand first, the South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust has challenged outdoor enthusiasts to find and document the bird - preferably alive. It looked like a tui with a nicotine stain. 22. However, Mr Milne said 57 unconfirmed reported sightings were made of the South Island kokako in the 20 years to 2010. However it's remotely possible they may survive in low numbers in remote parts of the South Island and Stewart Island. The bird had been listed as extinct until 2013. "Some people become a little jaded over time with these records and others become more convinced that it is there. The South Island kōkako is an ancient bird once widespread in southern New Zealand forests. Two species once flourished: an orange wattled South Islander, declared extinct in 2004, and the blue wattled North Islander. Currently there are no confirmed reports of surviving South Island kōkako. Re: Possible South Island Kokako sighting near Nelson Post by George Hobson » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:08 am andrewcrossland wrote: Phones only work where there's a signal and that's maybe 10 percent of the Bush in the south island. The re-classification provides renewed hope and energy. A $10,000 reward was posted for evidence the South Island kōkako. Last summer Buckingham's perseverance was finally rewarded with several positive sightings and a small item of definite proof, a feather identified as coming from the kōkako. As such, there is only one known photograph of the elusive bird in existence. Over 100 'sightings' of extinct South Island kōkako. There have been no recent sightings of South Island kōkako so it may now be extinct. Archived. Then a number of credible sightings prompted it to be reclassified. Hamish Clarke and his wife and sister were visiting from Kerikeri when they saw a bird "too big for a tui, not a morepork, a shag or a hawk" on the Cable Bay walkway. "It was pretty special. All three were based on bird calls. Seven "very encouraging" reports had been received in the past 12 months, three of them from Stewart Island over summer, and two were particularly encouraging. In return Maui stretched the kokako's legs, making it easier for the bird to leap through the forest. Crossposted by u/[deleted] 1 year ago. The last accepted sighting was in 1967 since then they have been declared extinct. Over 100 'sightings' of extinct South Island kōkako … Gaze said a photo or a feather would get people more excited about the South Island kokako than any number of reports. The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust has been compiling a map of recorded sightings of the bird, which was declared extinct until 2013, when its status was upgraded by DOC to 'data deficient'. The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust celebrates its tenth year in existence this May, whilst thirty reported sightings of the ancient and elusive New Zealand bird have been reported in the last six months. Te Papa confirmed receipt of this weekend's sighting, which is now being considered for official verification. We are very optimistic that proof will be found soon. The South Island kōkako was classified as extinct by the Department of Conservation in 2007. In Maori mythology the kokako carried water in its wattles to give to Maui as he fought the sun. He believes he saw his first kokako in 2006. READ MORE: * Kokako chasers head into Marsden Valley hills * Mixed reaction to kokako 'sighting' * On the grey ghost's trail * Bird brought back from the dead. South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust member Ron Nilsson said that like all the half dozen or so sightings reported annually, this one would be taken seriously. A potential sighting of the once-extinct South Island kokako has been described by a local ornithologist as "one of the best sightings in many years". Don’t play hide and seek with theses birds. Other New Zealand wattlebirds are the rare saddleback and the extinct huia. Nov 28, 2013 - South Island Kōkako (Callaeas cinerea). These birds are only found in New Zealand. "We still need definitive evidence - a photo or video - but we really feel that we are getting closer with the help of so many people who are out walking, tramping or hunting and know what to look and listen for. The trust created this poster, altered from a photo of a North Island kōkako, offering $10,000 for sightings. Unlike its close relative the North Island kōkako it has largely orange wattles, with only a small patch of blue at the base, and was also known as the orange-wattled crow. 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