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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.
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(Animals) a very rare flightless New Zealand rail, Notornis mantelli
[from Māori, of imitative origin]
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|Noun||1.||takahe - 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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