Western weka 1
The western weka (Gallirallus australis) is one of four recognised sub-species of woodhen in New Zealand. It is a large, brown flightless bird that has a famously feisty and curious personality, qualities that traditionally made the bird an easy food source for Māori and early European settlers. The weka's best known call is a repetitive, loud 'coo-et' that is usually heard at dusk and in the early evening. It is presented as a duet, with the male giving the lower and slower part. Weka are usually heard, not seen, although some birds, usually those living near farms, roads or huts, get a reputation for pilfering crops, food and other small objects.