Story: Large forest birds



The takahē’s head is royal blue, and it has a bright red frontal shield and bill, which fade to pink. Its bill is much stockier than that of the pūkeko, its close relative. The takahē is the world’s largest surviving rail.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Takahē', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023