What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

For any non Kiwi’s reading this, the Pukeko is a beautiful blue bird with red beak, long legs and giant feet.

My whole life I always thought it was native to NZ, turns out I was wrong.

Pukeko sounds so elegant, and is befitting of the bird, so imagine my surprise when I found out it is a species of Swamphen.

NZ is the only place in the world to have a different name. Now, swamphens worldwide do vary from the Pukeko based on their sub-species, so I think for now I will remain of the opinion that the Pukeko is native to NZ.

When I moved to the UK, my Grandma started sending me Pukeko themed gifts to remind me of home.

So in honour of home and my Grandma, I chose to have Pukeko in my blog name.

Sian, The Wandering Pukeko x

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