"Large grey bird flew over top making a distinct sound - I can't remember the exact sound, but it was high pitched almost chime like if that makes sense. Definitely a distinct sound compared to the usual birds around. It seemed to almost glide across the clearing. It had a longish tail, that stood out, probably the length of a wing if not slightly longer."
This sighting, from a hunter on New Year's Day in Rowallan Forest in Southland, has given conservationists a glimmer of hope that the thought-extinct South Island kōkako may still be alive somewhere down south, and now they are asking for civilians' help in following up the lead.
Manager of the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust Inger Perkins speaks to Emile Donovan.