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British pronunciation/wˈɛkɐ/
American pronunciation/wˈɛkə/

a flightless bird native to New Zealand, characterized by its dark brown feathers, strong beak, and ability to forage on the ground for a variety of food sources

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weka definition and meaning

What is a "weka"?

Weka, also known as the New Zealand woodhen, is a flightless bird species native to New Zealand. It is about the size of a chicken and has dark brown feathers with a greyish underbelly. Weka has a distinctive appearance with a strong, pointed beak, short wings, and sturdy legs. They are primarily terrestrial and spend most of their time foraging for food on the ground, but they are also able to climb trees and swim when necessary. Weka is omnivorous and feeds on a variety of foods including insects, fruits, seeds, and small animals. They are considered to be a vulnerable species due to habitat destruction and predation by introduced mammals such as stoats, cats, and dogs.

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