January 15, 2010

takahe


takahe
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Takahe is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand.
They were thought to be extinct but were rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains, on the south island.
About 220 remain and 20 were relocated to Tiritiri Matangi where we saw them.

This is Fred, he has become acclimatized to people and hangs around the picnic tables at the visitors centre. He can be dangerous as he will run up you to get at the food in your hand and the claws can do a fair amount of damage.

The takahe is about 25 inches long (60-65 cm) and weighs about 6lbs (2.7kg).

1 comment:

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking bird, I guess you have to watch you food closely.