Thursday, June 29, 2017


Photographed on Tiri Tiri Matangi, June 2017
1194                   TAKAHE                 Porphyrio  hochstetteri 

NEW ZEALAND              30

A very rare endemic which which was thought to be extinct when last four known birds were taken in 1898, however a small population were rediscovered in 1948 and conservation efforts have seen the population grow. Natural range is tussock land and beech forest in mountains west of Lake Te Anau; however also introduced to rank grasslands on a number of islands. 63 cm.

1 comment:

  1. an odd sight the Takhe- they sure do grow weird looking birds in New Zealand- then again lucky to see them at all considering their history