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 (tə-kä′ē, tə-kī′)
Either of two flightless birds of New Zealand in the rail family, Porphyrio mantelli, which is extinct, and Porphyrio hochstetteri, which is endangered, having a large red bill and brightly colored green and blue plumage.

[Maori takahē.]
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(Animals) a very rare flightless New Zealand rail, Notornis mantelli
[from Māori, of imitative origin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.takahe - flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinulestakahe - flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinules
rail - any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
genus Notornis - a genus of Rallidae
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The threat status of 20 bird species, including rowi kiwi, takahe and mohua/yellowhead, has improved since 2012 as a result of pest control work on public conservation land.
Althoughthe Cat Killeris believed to be responsible for hundreds of crimes across the UK,including in Surrey, it is the Metropolitan Police that is leading the investigation, codenamed Operation Takahe.
To report information on who may be committing the offences, contact Operation Takahe on 0208 649 0216 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A PS10,000 reward has been offered and the Met Police have set up Operation Takahe to catch the killer.
The force confirmed it is working closely with the Metropolitan Police probe into a number of animal deaths, known as Operation Takahe. But it said that although the offences are similar to attacks in the London area, officers cannot be sure they were carried out by the same person.
'Thanks Shanks: How Bill Shankly bought me an education and Denis Law kicked me in the shins' is written by Chris Arnot and published by Takahe Publishing Ltd.
One of the rarest birds in New Zealand at the time, the takahe, was commemorated on the highest-denomination decimal note, the $100.
A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "We believe these incidents may be linked to Operation Takahe, a series of cat deaths in the Croydon/M25 area, and is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service."
The other three designs are called Tui, Takahe and Kereru.
South Island 16 Alexandra -45.1243 170.1005 450 17 Arapito ^41.2706 172.1557 18 18 Arthur's Pass -42.9432 171.5628 738 19 Christchurch -43.6262 172.4704 18 20 Dunedin -45.9013 170.5147 4 21 Eglinton ^44.9978 168.0180 365 22 Franz Josef -43.3655 170.1343 80 23 Greymouth -42.4602 171.1916 5 24 Hamner Forest -42.5343 172.8510 362 25 Invercargill -46.5870 168.3760 5 26 Lake Moreaki -43.7188 169.2670 10 27 Lake Tekapo -44.0017 170.4432 762 28 Manapouri -45.5250 167.2750 178 29 Mount Cook -43.7360 170.0960 765 30 Nelson -41.3173 173.0948 18 31 Takahe Valley -45.2960 167.6830 895 32 Takaka -40.6364 172.8057 20 33 Timaru -43.7935 171.7951 160 34 Waitutu -46.1918 167.0661 30 35 Westport -12.1170 171.8600 198 Mean s.d.
Collins, who also created the Sign of the Takahe and Nazareth House Chapel, it is the only war memorial in New Zealand dedicated solely to the memory of women.
It also does not mention that though moa were the principle browser, there were many others including the extant kereru (pigeon) and paradise shelduck, the functionally extinct takahe and kakapo as well as many extinct geese and flightless ducks that have been overlooked as herbivores.