kōtuku1, n. The reef heron (Egretta sacra) which has two colour morphs, slate-grey and white.
I tōku no‘o‘anga i te pae tai, kua kite atu au i te kōtuku i te ‘akata‘a-‘anga nā runga i te kiriātai i te kimi kai.
As I was sitting by the sea, I saw a reef heron gliding above the water looking for food;
Kāre te punua kōtuku e maranga meitaki i te rere.
The baby reef heron can’t fly very well. [Ce. *koo-tuku.]