Why Pukeko are bought to New Zealand Bird RescueWith the destruction of their habitat, the Pukeko has relocated itself to roadsides. Almost without exception adult Pukeko are bought in after having been hit by a car. This also leads to orphaned chicks. Rescue Tips: If you find a sick or injured Pukeko it is best to get it to your nearest rescue centre as soon as possible.
- Pick up the Pukeko using a towel, this protects you from the sharp claws and strong beak and also protects the bird’s feathers.
- Generally most birds need a hot water bottle filled with hot tap water to keep them warm.
- It is very important to notify the rescue centre of where the Pukeko was found, this is because they are territorial and it is extremely important to return them back to where they were found.