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First kōkako chicks banded on Mt Pirongia

The plan to bring kōkako back to Pirongia mountain achieved another milestone on Sunday when three recently hatched chicks were banded and weighed. The three kōkako are among the first known to have been hatched on the maunga for at least 25 years and are the result of 20 adult birds being translocated from Pureora last June. Sixteen of the released birds have been located on the mountain, all but one within the 1000 hectare pestfree area operated by Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society, which is leading the programme to re-establish the birds. Two nesting sites were found in the past two months after four of the released birds paired up. One nest produced a fledgling which was seen

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