Endangered Takahe – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

E is for endangered.

Critically Endangered Takahe on Tiritiri Matangi

Critically endangered takahe on Tiritiri Matangi Island (a bird sanctuary near Auckland)

Practical Information: 

  • Now classified as critically endangered, the takahe were once thought of as extinct until they were rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains (Fiordland) on the South Island in 1948.
  • Takahe are flightless birds found only in New Zealand. They display their wings during courtship or as a show of aggression.
  • Takahe are similar in size to large hen.
  • They have an interesting song, which you can hear here.

Posted for the AtoZ challenge 2016.

A to Z Challenge 2016

Which endangered animals have you seen? Have you seen a takahe before today?

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Critically Endangered Takahe on Tiritiri Matangi
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  1. says

    That is such a beautiful bird. Hoping it doesn’t stay endangered and can make a comeback. It would be a shame not to see those gorgeous colors anymore!

  2. says

    I don’t remember seeing takahes when we lived in New Zealand (not outside a bird sanctuary) but my favourite bird of all time has to be its more popular cousin, the pukeko! Not only is it a fantastic looking creature, I love saying the word.

  3. says

    I didn’t see any endangered species when I was in NZ, but I quite often see red-listed birds in the UK. It’s not quite as serious, and I have more opportunity! If only we’d take more care of their habitats, especially at both ends of the migration routes.

    Lovely theme, Rhonda 🙂
    Jemima Pett

  4. says

    The takahe has lovely vivid coloured feathers but a very strange head and beak. Its colouring reminds of a peacock. I think there are many endangered species in Australia. I know the Tasmanian Devil is one such animal that is short in numbers.

  5. Stefanie says

    Great close-up! It looks like it has been tagged on both legs, one with red and one with white- do you know if the different colors have any significance?

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