Story: Land birds – overview



The huia, now extinct, was one of five species from an ancient New Zealand family, Callaeidae. The other two are the saddleback and kōkako. In common with these surviving relatives, the huia had a coloured wattle (skin at the base of the bill) and small wings for flying short distances, and it bounded through the forest on long, powerful legs. The last huia were sighted in the early 1900s.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Land birds – overview - Weird and wonderful birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2015