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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Callaeidae.
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The North Island kokako is an endemic wattlebird whose close relatives North and South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus rufusater and P. carunculatus carunculatus) and the huia (Heteralocha acutirostris EX) are now, respectively, limited to predator-free islands or extinct.
Some of the smaller islands surrounding Rakiura are also protected and serve as refuges for highly endangered species such as the kakapo and the South Island subspecies of saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus carunculatus), which was nearly extirpated from Rakiura by the arrival of rats.
The endangered takahe (Porphyrio mantelli), little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii VU), stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta VU), critically endangered kakapo (Strigops habroptilus), and saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus) have all been released on offshore islands.