Flightless birds face extinction

Excerpt from the January 11, 1964 issue of Science News Letter

By Science News Staff, 16:55 PM December 23, 2013

The government of New Zealand is desperately trying to save what is left of its world-famous flightless birds. The man-sized moa has been extinct for two centuries, and the flightless huia for one. Other species, including the remaining varieties of huia, the kiwi, the flightless rail, the takahe and the kakapo are all on the verge of disappearance.

Of these, the kiwi is perhaps the best known, but it is the takahe and the kakapo that are in the greatest danger of extinction. These two birds l...

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