1. (noun) North Island takahē, notornis, Porphyrio mantelli - extinct flightless endemic bird that looks like a large pūkeko with a greenish back. Sometimes used for the rare South Island takahē.
He mea māhanga te katatai, me te moho (TW 11/9/1875:211). / The banded rail and the takahē were snared.
(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 108;)
See also takahē
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2. (noun) banded rail, Gallirallus philippensis assimilis - a secretive native bird with upperparts olive-brown and black with white spots, and underparts barred black-and-white. Lives in salt marshes, mangroves and swamps.
See also moho pererū