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Re: Takahe (Rare Flightless New Zealand Bird) on the come-back.

>Its closes living relative is the Pukeko.  The Pukeko is a purple looking
>moor/swamp hen type thing.  I've never heard one called an alpine rail
>I've put a jpeg of pukekos up at http://url.co.nz/derek/pukeko.jpg if
>anyone wants to do a comparison.

Note that the Pukeko IS the common Purple Swamphen (Porhyrio porphyrio). To
be more specific it is the Maori name for the local form of this widespread
rail (P. p. melanotus).

Brian Choo