Takahe – Surprises

Takahe illustrated by Ravenari


Surprises, expect the unexpected, an inability to soar over your problems, celebrating sound and sound magic, surviving in austere environments, adapting to harsh conditions, surviving predation, strength and sturdiness, the need for constant nourishment.

General Description:

The takahe is a flightless bird, closely related to the purple swamphen in the rail family. It was thought to be extinct for some time, before being rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains in New Zealand. It survives today, as an endangered animal, with new ‘safe’ populations being kept on off-shore islands. The takahe lives in alpine regions, and eats the base stems of snow-grass. It is a territorial bird.