Notornis mantelli

The Birds of Australia
Supplement - Plate No. 76
Length: 63 cm
The Takahe is a large bird belonging to the rail family living in New Zealand. They were once thought to be extinct, but it was discovered later that a small number still survives. Originally there were no large mammals living in New Zealand, but the Europeans brought deers and other animals with them. The Takahe lived in forests and fields, but the increasing number of deers threatened their food supply and reduced their numbers.