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The pukeko's scientific name is Porphyrio porphyrio. The species established itself in New Zealand within the last millenia. All known fossils are relatively recent.

These birds are relatively common and prefer damp or swampy environments. They live in small groups & are aggressive defenders of their young.

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Keywords:Porphyrio porphyrio, pukeko, purple swamp hen