Weka

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Weka
Gallirallus australis LC0248.jpg
In the South Island, New Zealand
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Gallirallus
Binomial name
Gallirallus australis

A weka is a flightless bird in the rail family. It is endemic to New Zealand. There are four subspecies. Weka are sturdy brown birds, about the size of a chicken. They feed mainly on invertebrates and fruit.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Gallirallus australis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. Gill, Frank B. 2007. Ornithology. New York: Freeman, p. 30.