The call of the Kokako is the same as it’s name – “ko~kaaa~ko-ko-ko”. Again it is distinctive, but it is rare to hear this endangered bird outside sanctuaries. It is a type of wattle bird, a relative of the Sadleback and the extinct Huia bird.
In Maori myth, it was the kōkako that gave Maui water as he fought the sun, seeking to slow the sun’s race across the sky.
Kokako are a lovely silver grey, with bright blue wattles in the North Island, and yellow or orange wattles in the South Island.
A part of my New Zealand Birds series, the Kokako long scarf, infinity scarf and wrap are made from New Zealand yarns that honour the inspiration I find in New Zealand nature. Each is unique and made to order, creating a very special, wearable momento of New Zealand. These are stunning gifts for special occasions or special guests. The New Zealand Bird Series features Kereru, Kiwi, Kokako, Pukeko and Tui. For enquiries and order information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your hands you are holding a piece of New Zealand. The wool, alpaca, possum down, cashmere and mohair fleeces were gathered by New Zealand shearers from animals grazing on New Zealand pastures. They were spun and dyed with New Zealand hands. They were then handwoven by a sixth generation New Zealander following designs inspired by our New Zealand birds – Tui, Kiwi, Kereru (wood pigeon), Pukeko and Kokako.