Takahē

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Takahē
Porphyrio hochstetteri -Tiritiri Matangi Island-8b-3c.jpg
On Tiritiri Matangi Island

Nationally Vulnerable (NZ TCS)[2]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Porphyrio
Species:
P. hochstetteri
Binomial name
Porphyrio hochstetteri
(A. B. Meyer, 1883)
Takahe distribution map.svg
     Distribution of South Island takahe, including sanctuaries
Synonyms
  • Notornis mantelli hochstetteri
  • Porphyrio mantelli hochstetteri

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 November 20, 1948. The specific scientific name commemorates the Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter.

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2013). "Porphyrio hochstetteri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. "Porphyrio hochstetteri". nztcs.org.nz. Retrieved 2020-02-16.