National Geographic : 1952 Mar
+ Flightless, the Rooster-size Bird Moves Fast on Big Feet After a dog killed the last known specimen in 1898, the world of ornithology gave up the takahe for lost. Then came its dramatic rediscovery, after a lapse of half a century. The takahe attains twenty inches in height and six pounds in weight. Twice as fleet as a chicken, it flaps three-foot wings in running. Head, neck, breast, and flanks are indigo blue; the back is malachite green; legs, feet, beak, and brow shield are red. The white tail bobs with each gooselike step. Courtesy New Zealand Governient + A Hen on Her Nest Keeps Wary Eye on an Intruder Mrs. Takahe bends down grass clumps as rainproof thatch over her home. She constructs several nests, each with two or more entrances. Apparently the eggs are laid in the one built last, though the bird moves from nest to nest as the one chick (or two) develops (page 400). Only three eggs in five appear to be fertile. For a few days after hatching, the young take insects; then they become vegetarians. The takahe is a member of the rail family.