The giant flightless swamphen - NZ's Takahe (film)

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Subject: The giant flightless swamphen - NZ's Takahe (film)
From: David Rees <>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2017 05:34:46 +0000
Once thought extinct but rediscovered in 1948, this 'older-worldly' bird can now be seen at liberty on a number of offshore islands as insurance populations were established just in case something bad happened to the last remaining original wild one. The birds here were filmed on sanctuary islands off the North Island of NZ.

For some background reading on a rainy weekend there is an nice multimedia piece on its rediscovery at:  Scroll down to the bottom of this article and you will find a link to a wonderful period black and white newsreel film from NZ archives taken in 1949 of its rediscovery, including what are probably the first motion pictures taken of this bird, then called the Notornis, a name that has fortunately dropped out of use in favour of the Maori one.   
Current info on this bird can be accessed via


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