Pachyornis geranoides


 
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Mantell's Moa
(Pachyornis geranoides)

 
syn. Anomalopteryx curta, Anomalopteryx geranoides, Cela geranoides, Dinornis curtus, Dinornis geranoides, Emeus exilis, Euryapteryx pygmaeus, Pachyornis (Mauiornis) mappini, Pachyornis (Mauiornis) septentrionalis, Pachyornis mappini, Pachyornis pygmaeus, Pachyornis septentrionalis

 
distribution:

New Zealand: North Island

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 0,60 m (at the back)

extinction date: ca. 1500

 
This species from the New Zealand North Island reached a size of only 60 cm at the back. The weight of this bird is estimated with around 30 kg.

Amazing are the peculiar short 'dachshund-legs'.

 
 
above:

Mantell's Moa (Pachyornis geranoides)


depiction: Alexander Lang

 
References:

- Trevor H. Worthy, Richard N. Holdaway: The Lost World of the Moa, Prehistoric Life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press, Bloomington 2002
- Trevor H. Worthy: Rediscovery of the types of Dinornis curtus Owen and Palapteryx geranoides Owen, with a new synonymy (Aves: Dinornithiformes). Tuhinga 16: 33-43 (2005)