Bush moa

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Bush moa
Anomalopteryx didiformus skeleton
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Paleognathae
Order: Dinornithiformes
Family: Dinornithidae
Genus: Anomalopteryx
Reichenbach 1852
Species: Anomalopteryx didiformis
Binomial name
Anomalopteryx didiformis
(Owen 1844)[1]

Dinornis didiformis Owen, 1844
Dinornis dromioides Owen, 1846
Dinornis parvus (Owen, 1883)
Dinornis oweni (Haast, 1886)
Anomalopteryx antiquus (Hutton, 1892) (may be a valid predecessor species)
Anomalopteryx fortis (Hutton, 1893)
Anomalopteryx parva (Lydekker, 1891)
Anomalopteryx oweni (Oliver, 1949)
Anomalornis (Hutton, 1897)
Graya (Bonaparte, 1956)

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.[2]


It is a ratite and a member of the order Dinornithiformes. The Dinornithiformes are flightless birds with a sternum without a keel. They also have a distinctive palate.[2]

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.


  1. ^ Brands, S. (2008)
  2. ^ a b Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)


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