Maria Gill. Illustrated by Heather Arnold. Hardcover.
Described as ‘grey ghosts’ because they are seldom seen in New Zealand forests, kōkako are known for their incredible song.
This book 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, locating where kokako 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. A second part of the book tells a special story – this is the successful quest of one conservationist to save ten kōkako from a forest about to be felled. A picture gift book produced as a handsome hardback edition with evocative illustrations by talented artist Heather Arnold using watercolour, pen and ink, pencil and acrylic. The Call of the Kōkako will be treasured by the whole family and all those people with an interest in the remarkable birds of New Zealand.