One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large, rare flightless rail with bluish-black and olive-green plumage and a large red bill, found in mountain grassland in New Zealand.
Porphyrio mantelli, family Rallidae
- ‘The takahe, once thought extinct, now has a population of 120 birds.’
- ‘Within an hour, the mountains, grasslands, kiwis, takahes, and other wonders I want so much to see were hundreds of miles behind us.’
- ‘It's a takahe, an extraordinary, huge flightless gallinule long believed to be extinct until rediscovered in a remote mountain range 50 years ago.’
- ‘Wouldn't it be great if kiwi, takahe and other native birds could one day be that abundant?’
- ‘Some birds compensate for a lack of structural modification to the intestinal tract by consuming large quantities of grass e.g., ducks, geese and the takahe.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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