north island takahe

May 5, 2015 - South Island Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri)

Requested by: schmias

These flightless birds in the rail family are found only in the mountains of Fiordland, New Zealand. They feed on native grasses and live in small family groups. Both parents care for the eggs and chicks in a raised nest built in tussock grasses. The Takahe was believed to have gone extinct around 1898, but a small population was found in 1948. They are still Endangered, with fewer than 300 birds recorded in 2012. The North Island Takahe (Porphyrio mantelli) is extinct.