South Island Takahe


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The South Island takahē is the largest living rail in the world. The South Island takahē is a rare relict of the flightless, vegetarian bird fauna which once ranged New Zealand.
South Island takahē originally occurred throughout the South Island. Hunting, predation and habitat loss resulted in a remnant population in the mountains of Fiordland. The modern conservation programme has set up additional populations; a captive breeding and rearing facility at Burwood Bush near Te Anau, plus free-ranging populations on wildlife reserves in the North and South Island and several offshore islands including Tiritiri Matangi and Motutapu (Hauraki Gulf), Kapiti and Mana (Wellington) and Maud (Marlborough Sounds).
This image shows you the Takahe at the feeder where they are breeding in the reserve

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Thanks for including all the interesting information regarding the efforts to increase the takahē population. They have great colors.