French Overseas Territory. On New Caledonia’s big island, there are about 27 endemics, including a very special one. Very much Caledonia's flagship bird donning their currency notes and also readily displayed on road signs around Noumea, frankly a must-see bird.
Kagu Rhynochetos jubatus ENDEMIC The undisputed highlight of this (or any) New Caledonia trip is getting to grips with this cool endemic bird and family.
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The kagu or cagou (Rhynochetos jubatus) is a crested, long-legged, and bluish-grey bird endemic to the dense mountain forests of New Caledonia.It is the only surviving member of the genus Rhynochetos and the family Rhynochetidae, although a second species has been described from the fossil record. About 55 cm (22 inches) long, it is a chunky bird with loose, gray plumage, including an erectile crest. With its pearl-gray feathers, bright orange legs and bill, brilliant red eyes, a head crest like a cockatoo’s, and bold stripes on its wingtips, the kagu has a most unusual look for a bird that lives on the ground. Measuring 55 cm (22 in) in length, it has pale grey plumage and bright red legs. Kagu, (Rhynochetus jubatus), nearly extinct and virtually flightless bird of New Caledonia, sole member of the family Rhynochetidae (order Gruiformes). The bill, legs, and eyes are reddish orange. SCOTT #260 (1 STAMP) Very Fine Condition & Centering. (2002). This rare, flightless bird is from the forests of New Caledonia’s main island, in the South Pacific. New Caledonia. Multiple Kagu Rhynochetos jubatus deaths caused by dog attacks at a high-altitude study site on Pic Ningua, New Caledonia - Volume 6 Issue 4 - Gavin R. Hunt, Rod Hay, Clare J. Veltman The Kagu, a short virtually flightless bird that looks like a 22 inch tall grayish white heron with red legs, an enormous moveable crest and very odd and loud calls, is the island’s symbol. Mint Never Hinged - Original Gum. The van driver asked whether we would be interested in seeing Kagus and of course we were, this is the star bird of New Caledonia, a monotypic family, Rhynochetidae. Topic - "2fr - KAGU BIRD".Birds / Wildlife The Kagu is about the size of a night-heron with bluish gray plumage and coral red bill and legs. [8th – 13th October 2020] This is a 6 day birding tour to the Pacific Island paradise of New Caledonia aimed at seeing all the New Caledonian endemics including the iconic Kagu. Dr. Hunt worked on bird conservation in New Caledonia from 1991 to 1995 and defended in 1997 in Massey University his Ph.D. thesis entitled, Ecology and conservation of the Kagu Rhynochetos jubatus of New Caledonia Hunt wrote the chapter on kagu in two references books: Hunt, G.R. Kagu definition, a raillike bird, Rhinochetus jubatus, of the island of New Caledonia, having a gray body, black-and-white wings, and a long, shaggy crest: an endangered species.