TAKAHE (Porphyrio hochstetteri)


TAKAHE (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
TAKAHE (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
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Description: The takahe is a flightless bird that is endemic to New Zealand. Its feathers are a smudge of green, blue, brown and purple, and it has a red forehead patch. Like other members of the rail family, the takahe has a stocky body, long legs and a strong pointed bill. It lives in the temperate regions of New Zealand, where it is threatened by competition with non-native invasive species and natural disasters.

IUCN Status: Endangered

Major Threats: Competition with non-native species and natural disasters

Habitat: Alpine grasslands

Location: New Zealand

Diet: Mainly tender shoots and vegetable-like matter