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Taxonomy: Order Gruiformes >> Family Rallidae >> Genus Porphyrio

South Island Takahe (Unique ID: 7418)
South Island Takahe
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Species: South Island Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
Location: Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand
Age: adult     Plumage: basic/year-round     Activity: perching/standing
Sex: ---     Visibility: partial body     Quantity: single
Special Traits: endemic
Photographer: Judd Patterson     Date: October 18, 2013
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon 500mm f/4L IS     Megapixels: 11.4

Notes: This species was recently split from the North Island Takahe (P. mantelli), which has been extinct since 1894. This individual is a member of a population introduced from South Island in an attempt to preserve this critically endangered species.


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