Story: Moa

Moa diversity

Moa diversity

There was a variety of physical characteristics among moa. Top left: members of the Pachyornis genus were heavy birds with a sharp bill. Top right: the little bush moa (Anomalopteryx didiformis) was small and slender, with a stout bill. Middle right: the upland moa (Megalapteryx didinus) was slender and athletic, with long toes and a long beak. These were probably adaptations to its mountain environment. Middle left: the family of blunt-billed moa which included the genera Emeus and Euryapteryx were very squat with short legs. Bottom: the giant moa of the Dinornis genus were tall and relatively slender, with broad, flattened heads.

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Trevor H. Worthy, 'Moa - Scientific classification', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

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