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  • English name
    Takahe
  • ClassificationGruiformes Rallidae
  • Scientific namePorphyrio hochstetteri

Takin
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The Takahē is a flightless bird that lives in New Zealand. The Takahē was hunted by the animals that humans brought to New Zealand, and these other animals also took food away from the Takahē. The number of Takahē was reduced so much that they almost went extinct.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 63 cm

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The Takahē lives in the island country of New Zealand in the south part of the Pacific Ocean. It lives in grasslands.

What they eat

The Takahē likes to eat the leaves, grass, and seeds of plants. Sometimes they also eat insects and lizards.

What they are like

The Takahē has very short wings and cannot fly. The Takahē has no natural enemies in New Zealand, so it was safe even on the ground. That's why the Takahē evolved into a flightless bird.

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The Takahē came close to extinction because humans came to its island!
The Takahē lives in the island country of New Zealand in the south part of the Pacific Ocean. There were no large mammals on the island that were natural enemies of the Takahē, so the Takahē evolved into a flightless bird. But, when humans crossed the water and came to the island, the island's environment changed completely. The Takahē was hunted by the animals that humans brought to New Zealand, and these other animals also took food away from the Takahē. The number of Takahē was reduced so much that they almost went extinct.

The Takahē still has hope!
To save the Takahē from extinction, all the citizens of New Zealand are taking part in efforts to protect the bird. The stoats that eat the Takahē and the deer that eat all the plants are being exterminated and the Takahē that have been bred in captivity are being returned to the wild. As a result, the number of Takahē is increasing little by little. It's still too early to relax, but there is reason to hope that the Takahē will be saved from extinction.

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