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Extinct bird Piopio. In CLOAK OF PROTECTION is eaten by kiore, ship rat, and stoat

Extinct bird Piopio. In CLOAK OF PROTECTION is eaten by kiore, ship rat, and stoat

The moa were eleven species of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand ranging in size from about the height of a chicken, to the largest species which was twelve feet tall. Most, if not all, species of moa died out due to over-hunting by the Māori and habitat decline before European discovery and settlement. Could a surviving population of gigantic birds be hiding in New Zealand? Moa sightings have occurred fairly regularly in the remotest parts of New Zealand from a variety of sources.

The moa were eleven species of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand ranging in size from about the height of a chicken, to the largest species which was twelve feet tall. Most, if not all, species of moa died out due to over-hunting by the Māori and habitat decline before European discovery and settlement. Could a surviving population of gigantic birds be hiding in New Zealand? Moa sightings have occurred fairly regularly in the remotest parts of New Zealand from a variety of sources.

Fossil evidence indicates several other species of elephant bird, ranging from 3 ft (90 cm) to 10 ft (3 metres), had inhabited Madagascar, t...

Fossil evidence indicates several other species of elephant bird, ranging from 3 ft (90 cm) to 10 ft (3 metres), had inhabited Madagascar, t...

A Kea parrot, one of 10 species in New Zealand, is a smart and curious bird. They live on the South Island of New Zealand, in the alpine mountain area. They were named by the Maori tribe, there.

A Kea parrot, one of 10 species in New Zealand, is a smart and curious bird. They live on the South Island of New Zealand, in the alpine mountain area. They were named by the Maori tribe, there.

Taxidermied Indigenous New Zealand Moa (now extinct) and native Kiwi bird.

Taxidermied Indigenous New Zealand Moa (now extinct) and native Kiwi bird.

Extinct Birds of New Zealand, Caleb Luke Lin  3 Layer Screenprint on 22x15 Stongehenge

Extinct Birds of New Zealand, Caleb Luke Lin 3 Layer Screenprint on 22x15 Stongehenge

Kōkako (Callaeas cinereus) is a forest bird which is endemic to New Zealand.

Kōkako (Callaeas cinereus) is a forest bird which is endemic to New Zealand.

Huia, illustration from the series 'Extinct Birds of New Zealand' (colour litho)

Huia, illustration from the series 'Extinct Birds of New Zealand' (colour litho)

Kōkako  is an endangered forest bird which is endemic to New Zealand. It is slate-grey with wattles & a black mask. It is one of three species of New Zealand Wattlebird, the other two being the near threatened Tieke (saddleback) & the extinct Huia. Also known as "NZ Crow " BUT it is not a crow at all.

Kōkako is an endangered forest bird which is endemic to New Zealand. It is slate-grey with wattles & a black mask. It is one of three species of New Zealand Wattlebird, the other two being the near threatened Tieke (saddleback) & the extinct Huia. Also known as "NZ Crow " BUT it is not a crow at all.

The Kōkako (Callaeas cinereus) is an endangered forest bird which is endemic to New Zealand. It is slate-grey with wattles and a black mask. It is one of three species of New Zealand Wattlebird, the other two being the near threatened Tieke (saddleback) and the extinct Huia.

The Kōkako (Callaeas cinereus) is an endangered forest bird which is endemic to New Zealand. It is slate-grey with wattles and a black mask. It is one of three species of New Zealand Wattlebird, the other two being the near threatened Tieke (saddleback) and the extinct Huia.

Kakapo: rare bird of New Zealand. There are only 62 left in existence. The name comes from the native Maori language, meaning “night parrot.”

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Kakapo: rare bird of New Zealand. There are only 62 left in existence. The name comes from the native Maori language, meaning “night parrot.”

Clianthus puniceus “Parrot’s Beak” #6 most rare flower on the planet

Clianthus puniceus “Parrot’s Beak” #6 most rare flower on the planet

Black robin - basically the best conservation story ever. In 1980 there were only five of these birds left, with only one fertile female. Now there’s a population of a couple of hundred of them, and since they live exclusively on these tiny islands off New Zealand, that’s a fairly decent population.

Black robin - basically the best conservation story ever. In 1980 there were only five of these birds left, with only one fertile female. Now there’s a population of a couple of hundred of them, and since they live exclusively on these tiny islands off New Zealand, that’s a fairly decent population.