Story: Extinctions

Takahē rediscovered

The takahē, a flightless rail, was thought to be extinct in the early 20th century. But in 1948 it as rediscovered in a remote corner of Fiordland. In this clip from a National Film Unit newsreel, ornithologist Robert Falla investigates a takahē nest.

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Reference: Weekly Review 437. National Film Unit, 1950

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Richard Holdaway, 'Extinctions - New Zealand extinctions since human arrival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Richard Holdaway, published 24 Sep 2007