Blue chickens and extinction

A Blue chicken AKA the Pukeko

While showing Nige around the paradise that is Whangaparaoa yesterday we came across quite a few blue chickens. We call them blue chickens because of a story Cam tells about a group of workmen from overseas who were camped out while cutting scrub on a farmer’s land, next to some native bush. The farmer wandered into their camp to smell something horrible cooking over their campfire. When he asked what was for dinner they told him they had popped some of his blue chickens in the pot.

This story leads to the observation that there is no shortage of ‘blue chickens’ in New Zealand which might just be because they taste so terrible. This then leads to the observation that the Moa must have tasted pretty good which is why they are now extinct.

To make pukeko soup take one pukeko and one old boot, boil for 10 hours then throw away the pukeko and eat the boot.

-forestandbird.org.nz

I then put to you my theory that tasting good is a requisite to going extinct. The Dodo apparently tasted pretty good and as a result is no longer with us. Are Pukeko guaranteed a place in New Zealand due to their uselessness as a meal?

The NZ wood pigeon is endangered due to its famed deliciousness. Would it have been hunted if it didn’t taste so good?


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