Meaning of kagu in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːɡuː/


  • A crested, almost flightless bluish-grey bird related to the rails, which is found only on the Pacific island of New Caledonia, and is now endangered.

    Rhynochetos jubatus, the only member of the family Rhynochetidae

    ‘The loss of much of New Caledonia's native forests has caused the numbers of kagus to decline.’
    • ‘Standing knee-high to a human and weighing about two pounds, kagus have long fascinated ornithologists.’
    • ‘It is believed than less than 1,000 kagus still live in New Caledonia, mostly in the South Province.’
    • ‘The forests of New Caledonia have been cleared for mining and agriculture, leaving only a few small valleys where the kagus can live.’
    • ‘So the ancestral kagus gave up flying, keeping large wings for display purposes.’


Mid 19th century from Melanesian.