Rails

 

North Island Takahē or Mōho, Porphyrio mantelliThe North Island Takahē or Mōho, Porphyrio mantelli, is an extinct, flightless rail species that formerly occurred on the New Zealand‘s North Island .

They inhabited high altitude alpine grasslands.

They are only known from subfossils taken from a number of archeological sites and from one possible 1894 record (Phillipps, 1959).

The loss of this species was attributed to loss of suitable habitat and probably also hunting by the Māori.


 

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