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- n. Alternative spelling of pūkeko.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The purple coot, or water-hen, Porphyrio melanotus, of New Zealand.
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There was a popular free sampling of non-protected pukeko - described as tasting like a cross between wild pork and venison - from a local cull.
The festival will be offering free samples of pukeko from a cull of the birds on the West Coast where they are considered a pest by some farmers and landowners.
If you fancy a taste of pukeko swamp hen, known to many Kiwis for its often-fatal motorway incursions, head to the Wild Foods Festival in Hokitika next month.
She said every year pukeko were culled on the Coast because of the damage they did to grain and vegetable crops.
It is a flightless bird similar to a pukeko that lives in the grasslands of alpine areas.
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