Meaning of takahe in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɑːkəhi/


  • 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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The takahe, once thought extinct, now has a population of 120 birds.’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be great if kiwi, takahe and other native birds could one day be that abundant?’


Mid 19th century from Maori.