Young Takahe

Young takahe Tiri Is

Just as pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio) chicks start off life as small black balls of fluff and slowly emerge as the bright red beaked, blue bodied adult, so the takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri) makes this same transition. I photographed this young bird today in the Tiritiri Island lunch area where it was loitering with its parents and older sibling (it mewed continuously to be fed as it followed them around!). You can see a bit of feather colour starting to come through but the beak remains dark. Also making quite a change over the years is the takahe’s scientific name. Originally Notornis mantelli it was regrouped with the pukeko as Porphyrio mantelli but is now P. hochstetteri. This refers only to the South Island takahe, while P. mantelli becomes the extinct North Island takahe. There you go!

Young takahe + ad Tiri Is


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