South Island takahe (2081/2582)

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The soft green plumage of a South Island takahe blends well into native New Zealand forest, but the bright red bill can be as obvious as a beacon so nesting takahe will hide it in their feathers if they sense approaching danger.

Scientific name
Porphyrio hochstetteri
Common names
South Island takahe, takahē, notornis
Maungatautari, Waikato, New Zealand
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