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Takahe, Tiritiri Matangi Island

The Takahē , Porphyrio hochstetteri is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family. It was thought to be extinct after the last four known specimens were taken in 1898. However, after a carefully planned search effort the bird was rediscovered by Geoffrey Orbell near Lake Te Anau in the Murchison Mountains, South Island, on 20 November 1948.

The Takahē is the largest living member of the Rallidae family. Its overall length averages 63 cm (24.8 in) and its average weight is about 2.75 kg (6 lbs). The standing height is around 50 cm (20 in).[1] It is a stocky bird, with reduced wings, strong legs and a massive bill.

Today, the entire population of Takahe is 200 birds.


Greg the Takahe is 19 years old. He has a transmitter attached to his back so he can be located where ever he goes on the island

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Taken on January 13, 2012