The Proud Pūteketeke by Peter Millett

How an Underbird Became a Wonderbird

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What happens when a pūteketeke egg turns up in a duck's nest? Find out inthis entertaining picture book about Aotearoa New Zealand's Bird of theCentury!

This funny and fabulously New Zealand-flavoured tale of a puking UglyDuckling who is, in fact, a grebe includes facts about what makes thepūteketeke so special and precious, as well as the real-life tale of how itcame back from the brink of extinction to find international fame as the Bird ofthe Century!

Every day Mama Duck proudly counts her clutch of six eggs – ‘Tahi, rua,toru, wha, rimu, ono’. But one day, there's a big surprise –‘WHITU?’

Out of the seventh egg hatches a very strange little duckling, who has zebrastripes, a red tuft on his head, and an extraordinary habit of eating hisfeathers and puking up stinky balls of fish bones. The other ducklings thinkhe's ridiculous.

Fed up with being laughed at, the little underbird decides to strike out onhis own, but there are dangerous predators about. And will he ever find a friendwho'll accept him in spite of all his quirks?

What happens when a pūteketeke egg turns up in a duck's nest? Find out inthis entertaining picture book about Aotearoa New Zealand's Bird of theCentury!

This funny and fabulously New Zealand-flavoured tale of a puking UglyDuckling who is, in fact, a grebe includes facts about what makes thepūteketeke so special and precious, as well as the real-life tale of how itcame back from the brink of extinction to find international fame as the Bird ofthe Century!

Every day Mama Duck proudly counts her clutch of six eggs – ‘Tahi, rua,toru, wha, rimu, ono’. But one day, there's a big surprise –‘WHITU?’

Out of the seventh egg hatches a very strange little duckling, who has zebrastripes, a red tuft on his head, and an extraordinary habit of eating hisfeathers and puking up stinky balls of fish bones. The other ducklings thinkhe's ridiculous.

Fed up with being laughed at, the little underbird decides to strike out onhis own, but there are dangerous predators about. And will he ever find a friendwho'll accept him in spite of all his quirks?

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