Birds

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Maori name: Takahē Common name: Takahē Scientific name: Porphyrio hochstetteri Family: Rallidae Status: Endangered Takahē are found only in New Zealand. They belong to the Rallidae (rail) family of birds, as do their lookalike but lighter-built cousins, the pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio). New Zealand used to have two species of takahē. The other was the even larger moho, or North Island takahē (P. mantelli) but these are extinct. Takahē were once officially declared extinct until they were rediscovered in 1948 in a remote Fiordland valley. Their natural range is now confined to the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland National Park. Thanks to an intensive programme of captive breeding, translocations, stoat control and deer culling spearheaded by the Department of Conservation, the takahē population has seen a gradual increase from a low of 112 birds in 1981 to the current population of 225 birds.
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Submitted: Sunday, 6th May, 2012 01:57 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 30th March, 2012
Focal length: 210 mm
Shutter speed: 1/350 sec
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 100
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