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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...

Kakapo - One of the rarest birds of all is New Zealand's kakapo. which is flightless Only 124 animals remain in the wild—the species has been largely wiped out by introduced predatory mammals such as feral cats.

Kakapo - One of the rarest birds of all is New Zealand's kakapo. which is flightless Only 124 animals remain in the wild—the species has been largely wiped out by introduced predatory mammals such as feral cats.

"Kuia, the most precious female kakapo of all, carries the precious Fiordland genes of her father Richard Henry" via Kakapo Advocacy

"Kuia, the most precious female kakapo of all, carries the precious Fiordland genes of her father Richard Henry" via Kakapo Advocacy

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.

Love the idea of using this as inspiration for art combined with the universal theme "adaptation" and the generalization of "Adaptation is necessary for survival".

Love the idea of using this as inspiration for art combined with the universal theme "adaptation" and the generalization of "Adaptation is necessary for survival".

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

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

Takahē | The Plight of the Takahē. Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri), a flightless bird found only in New Zealand

Takahē | The Plight of the Takahē. Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri), a flightless bird found only in New Zealand

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