Takahē

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Takahē
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Avialae
Order Information
Superorder Charadriimorphae
Order Ralliformes
Sub-order Ralli
Family Information
Family Rallidae
Genus Information
Genus Porphyrio
Species Information
Species P. hochstetteri
Population statistics
Population 350 (2012)[1]

The takahē is the largest member of a widespread family of birds known as rails, and is indigenous to the south island of New Zealand. Once widespread, the takahē was reduced in numbers by man and the animals he introduced to such an extent that the bird was declared extinct in 1898. A rediscovery in 1948 allowed scientists to move several individuals to small islands free from predators, where they have slowly increased in number.

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