Takahe are found only in remote alpine grassland areas of the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland National Park and some off shore islands where populations have been established. Like the Kea they have specifically evolved for harsh alpine living.


Most people think Takahe are similar in appearance to Pukeko however when you've seen them both they are chalk and cheese. Takeha are much larger with a big, strong beak. They are also physically larger and more bulky.


Wikipedia, Kids Conservation Club, Dept of conservation, TeAra Encyclopedia, NZBirds.com


Takahe were thought to be extinct till Geoffrey Orbell discovered a population in the Murchison Mountains near Te Anau on November 20, 1948. They have since become a "poster child" for the department of conservation with numbers increasing slowly to the current population of 225. Takahe breed very slowly so they will never be numerous.

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