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Common Name: Takahe
Latin Name: Porphyrio mantelli hochstetteri
Category: Endemic
Status: Endangered
Characteristics: 63cm, flightless
Distribution: Wild population of 150 in the Murchison range of Fiordland. Birds recently released on the offshore Islands of Tiritiri, Matangi, Mana, Kapiti and Maud Island.
Food: Shoots and stems of red tussock, seeds, berries and rhizomes of ferns.
Nest: Built in tussock

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