|Anomalopteryx didiformus skeleton|
Dinornis didiformis Owen, 1844
Anomalopteryx is an extinct bird genus known colloquially as the lesser moa, little bush moa. or bush moa. It stood more than 1.3 metres (4.3 ft) tall and weighed 30 kilograms (66 lb). It inhabited much of the North Island and small sections of the South Island of New Zealand. Its habitat was lowland conifer, broad-leafed, and beech forests.
The most complete remains, a partially articulated skeleton with substantial mummified tissue were discovered in 1980 in Echo Valley. It is now in the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, in Invercargill, New Zealand.
- Brands, S. (2008)
- Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)
- Brands, Sheila (Aug 14, 2008). "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification, Genus Anomalopteryx". Project: The Taxonomicon. Retrieved Feb 4, 2009.
- Davies, S.J.J.F. (2003). "Moas". In Hutchins, Michael. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 95–98. ISBN 0-7876-5784-0.
- Little Bush Moa. Anomalopteryx didiformis. by Paul Martinson. Artwork produced for the book Extinct Birds of New Zealand by Alan Tennyson, Te Papa Press, Wellington, 2006
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