Birds of the Cook Islands

Concerted conservation efforts have led to the re-establishment of kura - a bird once common in the Southern Cook Islands - on the island of Atiu. The colourful lorikeet was hunted to extinction in the Cooks 200 years ago, but a population survived in the Austral Islands of French Polynesia and in 2007, 27 of those birds were gifted back to the Cook Islands.

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