French: Takahé du Sud German: Takahe Spanish: Calamón takahe
A. B. Meyer
Bare-patch Plains, east of Lake Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand
SW South I, New Zealand.
63 cm; stands c. 50 cm tall; male 2250–3250 (2673) g, female 1850–2600 (2268) g. Largest living rallid; thickset, flightless species with reduced wings, massive bill and... read more
Contact call a single rising squawk, “klowp”. Alarm call a low, resonant “boomp... read more
Alpine tussock grassland; also subalpine scrub and beech (Nothofagus) forest in winter,... read more
Food and feeding
Eats predominantly leaf bases of Chionochloa tussocks and other alpine grass species; leaf bases of Cyperaceae, grass seeds and... read more
Mainly Oct–Dec; eggs occasionally to mid-Feb and small young late Mar (probably from renesting after failure). Monogamous; pair-bond... read more
Sedentary and flightless. Holds grassland territories until snow prevents feeding, when descends... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Formerly widespread on South I. Population in 2012 estimated at 227 mature individuals. Thought extinct by 1930s, but rediscovered W of Lake Te Anau in Murchison... read more
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