Story: Southland region

Takahē (1st of 3)


The flightless takahē was once widespread in both North and South islands. After the arrival of mammal predators it survived naturally only in Fiordland’s remote Murchison Mountains. Tussocks provide the takahē with shelter, nesting cover and food.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015