Story: Moa

Moa’s stance

Moa’s stance

There has been considerable research and debate about the moa’s stance. In the earliest years of scientific work on the bird, it was thought that it stood upright, almost like a camel, as illustrated by this drawing of the Dinornis that appeared in Ferdinand Hochstetter’s 1867 guide to the geography, geology and natural history of New Zealand.

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Trevor H. Worthy, 'Moa - Appearance and breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Trevor H. Worthy, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015