Monday, November 16, 2009

The Giant Moa

The Moa (a Dinornithiform) Moas were a large flightless bird of a genus specific to New Zealand, although a distant cousin to the Ostrich and the Emu. Some Moa grew to turkey size while other species were up to four metres high. It's thought the clearing of the land, particularly in the South Island, led to the decline of Moa numbers. Hunting also contributed. The Moa is believed to have become extinct in the late 17th century. It was an important source of food and adornment for the early Polynesian settlers of New Zealand. http://www.wordworx.co.nz/moa.html

The Moa is endemic to New Zealand. The two largest species, Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae, reached about 3.7 m (12 ft) in height with neck outstretched, and weighed about 230 kg (510 lb).[4


Hi EG Tour Guide,

I don't know who did worst, Canada or New Zealand, but we hold the dubious record of eating and making the biggest bird in the world extinct. So no Moa photos to show you, but a scientists imagination from fossils recovered.

1 comment:

EG CameraGirl said...

Hi Ann,
Thanks for this post.

The moa is a HUGE bird. Each one would feed a few families, I would think. How could it have gone extinct?! What a sham, but I guess people three or four hundred years ago weren't concerned with saving species from extinction!