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The kokako is an endangered forest bird who's population has been decimated by predation of introduced mammals such as possums, stoats, cats and rats.
It is sometimes called the blue-wattled crow but is no relation to the crow family. Its closest relations would be the tieke (saddleback) and the extinct huia.
Its a large songbird with an extrordinary haunting song. It has a blue-grey body, a striking black mask and small vibrant blue wattles.
Kokako are poor fliers and usually bound around trees with strong legs and small wingflaps but can glide quite long distances.
Every weaving starts with the warp threads all hand dyed to the right shade of gun metal grey and vibrant blue edged with black.