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On Tiritiri Matangi Island
Conservation status

Nationally Vulnerable (NZ TCS)
Scientific classification
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     Distribution of South Island takahe, including sanctuaries
  • Notornis mantelli hochstetteri
  • Porphyrio mantelli hochstetteri

The Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family. It was thought to be extinct after the last four known specimens were taken in 1898. However, after a carefully planned search effort the bird was rediscovered by Geoffrey Orbell near Lake Te Anau in the Murchison Mountains, South Island, on November 20, 1948. The specific scientific name commemorates the Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter.

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