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Takahe Pictures Showing this Flightless Bird from New Zealand

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The takahe, or South Island takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteri, is a flightless, colorful green and blue bird with a large red beak and pink legs, about the size of a chicken. Its small wings are used for display. Thought to be extinct from over-hunting and the introduction of predators, a few pairs were discovered in the Murchison Mountains of South Island, New Zealand in 1948. The population is around 220 birds, and is carefully protected. Small numbers have been successfully relocated to four offshore islands that are free of predators. It is the worlds largest living member of the rail family, growing to 2 feet in length. The takahe lives in alpine grasslands and eats a wide range of plants. The takehe builds a nest on the ground under buses, and typically lays two eggs. which are incubated by both the male and the female. Chicks are fed by both parents also. Normally only one chick will survive the first winter.

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Picture of a takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteri, Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand

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Stock photo of a takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteri, Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand

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Picture of a takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteri, Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand

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Picture of a pair of takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteri, Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand

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