South Island giant moa

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South Island giant moa
Dinornis robustus.jpg
Skeleton
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Paleognathae
Order: Dinornithiformes
Family: Dinornithidae
Genus: Dinornis
Species: D. robustus
(Owen, 1846)
Binomial name
Dinornis robustus
(Owen, 1846)
Synonyms
  • Dinornis ingens var. robustus (Owen, 1846)

The South Island giant moa (Dinornis robustus) is a member of the moa family. It was a ratite and a member of the order Struthioniformes. The Struthioniformes are flightless birds with a sternum without a keel. They also have a distinctive palate. The origin of these birds is becoming clearer as it is now believed that early ancestors of these birds were able to fly and flew to the southern areas in which they have been found.[1]

The South Island giant moa was the biggest of them all. Adult females stood up to 2 metres high at the back, and could reach foliage up to 3.6 metres off the ground, making them the tallest bird species known. (Found on Szabo, M.J. 2013. South Island giant moa. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online. www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz) [1]

Restoration
Track-way

It lived on the South Island of New Zealand, and its habitat was the lowlands (shrubland, duneland, grassland, and forests).[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)

References[edit]

Szabo, M.J. 2013. South Island giant moa. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online. www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz

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