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Pūteketeke Triumphs in Bird of the Century Contest with Global Support

The Pūteketeke, also known as the Australasian crested grebe, has been crowned the winner of the Bird of the Century competition, amassing a record-breaking 290,374 votes. This achievement was bolstered by a global campaign led by American talk-show host John Oliver, drawing votes from 195 countries. The competition, organized by Forest and Bird, saw an extraordinary increase in participation compared to 2021, highlighting widespread international interest and support for New Zealand's native birds. This victory not only celebrates the Pūteketeke but also emphasizes the need to protect and preserve native wildlife and their habitats.

Photo Credit: Generated Image by OpenAI's DALL-E

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