Takahē eat the succulent base of some tussock species. They are also partial to the juicy leaf bases of certain sedges, which grow along many waterways. In the first month or two of life, young takahē mainly eat invertebrates – the larvae and pupae of flies and butterflies, as well as blowflies, dragonflies and moths. In captivity, takahē have been seen killing and eating young chicks and rats.
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