|syn. Dinornis elephantopus, Dinornis elephantopus var. minor, Dinornis queenslandiae, Dromiceus queenslandiae, Euryapteryx ponderosus, Pachyornis immanus, Pachyornis murihiku, Pachyornis inhabilis, Pachyornis valgus, Pounamua murihiku|
New Zealand: South Island
|local name: -|
|size: ca. 90 cm
(at the back)
extinction date: ca. 1500
|Remains of this species have
been found on New Zealand's South Island
In live it must have been the most ponderous built of the moa species.
The photograph shows a reconstruction in the 'old way', now it is known that such an erect posture was almost impossible for the living Moa, the birds walked in a rather crouched pose with their necks held in an almost horizontal position.
Elephant-footed Moa (Pachyornis elephantopus)
Photo: Alexander Lang
- Trevor H. Worthy, Richard N. Holdaway: The Lost World of the Moa, Prehistoric Life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press, Bloomington 2002