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North Island giant moa
Temporal range: Late Pleistocene- Holocene
Dinornis maximus, Natural History Museum (PV A 608).jpg
Skeleton, Natural History Museum of London
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Dinornis
Species:
novaezealandiae
Synonyms

The North Island giant moa (Dinornis novaezealandiae) is one of two extinct moa in the genus Dinornis.

Taxonomy

Dinornis novaezealandiae
Restoration by Frohawk
Dinornis giganteus
Skull at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

It is a ratite and a member of the order Dinornithiformes. The Dinorthiformes are flightless birds with a sternum but without a keel. They also have a distinctive palate. The origin of these birds is becoming clearer as it is now believed that early ancestors of these birds were able to fly and flew to the southern areas where they have been found.

Habitat

This moa lived on the North Island of New Zealand, and lived in the lowlands (shrublands, grasslands, dunelands, and forests).

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