Takahē, in tussock grassland.
The flightless takahē (Porphyrio [Notornis] hochstetteri) is a unique bird, a conservation icon and a survivor. The takahē has clung to existence despite the pressures of hunting, habitat destruction and introduced predators.
The takahē was once thought to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 1948. Even today, despite years of conservation effort, the takahē remains critically endangered.
The Department of Conservation Takahē Recovery Programme in partnership with Mitre10 Takahē Rescue is committed to ensuring the survival, growth and security of takahē populations throughout New Zealand.
Did you know the takahē is the largest living member of the rail family? Learn all about takahē in this section.
Find out why predation from stoats is the greatest threat to takahē.
Learn about the amazing techniques used in takahe conservation over the years and about current efforts to save this critically endangered species.
You can support takahē conservation efforts in a variety of ways.
View a collection of videos about the takahē.
Listen to or download recordings of takahē song.
Comedy gold as Tawa the takahē battles the pukeko for the corn on the cob breakfast.
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