Takie photo of a bird, a description and interesting facts

The bird was considered the disappeared. This is a very rare bird that lives in a mountainous area on the southern island in New Zealand. It has small sizes and is nonvolatile. She has a beautiful plumage and amazing appearance. It is attributed to the “Shepherd” family and the genus “Sultanka”.


Takiy a bird of rather large sizes. Her body length can reach 63 centimeters, height is about half a meter. Body weight ranges from 2 to 4.2 kilograms. Bird wings are small in size. The pectoral muscles and keel are very poorly developed. Therefore, the wings are not adapted for flight and are used by bird when moving along the mountain slopes.

The legs of the same are short and strong, red. The beak is also red, massive, with overlapping ends.

Feathers are silky, have an iridescent dark blue color in the head, neck, upper and lower parts of the wings. On the back and inside the wings are green, the tail of olive-green color.

Where it lives

Most of the representatives of Takaye lives near the lake with the name of Te-Anau, located in the southwest of New Zealand. In order to increase the population, a program was developed for breeding Taki and moving birds to islands where there are no predatory animals. Therefore, today they live in New Zealand on such islands:

  • Mana;
  • Motutapa;
  • Rotorois;
  • Tiritiri-mattangs;
  • Tauharanui et al.
  • Takie settle in areas of mountains closer to snowy peaks or in forests from beech. Their favorite place is the thickets of reeds. Birds easily move through shallow water and sometimes swim in water.

    Lifestyle and nutrition

    At night, they rest, but they are awake during the day. They live on Earth and have welldeveloped social instincts. They are combined into flocks in which a strict hierarchy is observed.

    At sunrise, they come out of the thickets of tall grass and, moving along herbal slopes, get food. The diet consists of:

  • Zlakov;
  • colors;
  • berries;
  • grassy plants.
  • They love to enjoy young shoots in the spring and summer time. In winter, mountain slopes are covered with snow and birds descend into the lowland to extract fern roots from under the snow. For a bird, they are still long-livers: they live 18-20 years old.

    How they breed

    Taki, created couples are monogamous and live together until the end of life. In the spring of the couple build nests. Age birds occupy the best areas, and young birds cannot even build their nest and have to wait for the old people to die.

    After the couple builds a nest, the female lays 1-3 eggs. For exactly a month, both parents are arranging them. Usually one chick is hatched, rarely two or three. Kids are fed snails, worms, insects. Three months later, the chicks join the pack and learn to live on their own. At the age of two, puberty occurs.

    The chick is taki

    The population is so

    Starting from the end of the 19th century, it was believed that they died out. When the birds were discovered in 1948, the New Zealand authorities made their habitats protected and built a center in which they began to breed them.

    Today in nature there are approximately 280 mature birds. Nesting couples are 87. By the end of 2008, the number of birds, due to predation, decreased by forty percent. In connection with the introduction of individuals into natural conditions, the population gradually increases.

    Takie are considered an endangered look, because the growth of the population goes at a very slow pace. Restoration is difficult: bird fertility is very low. According to scientists, the number of birds continues to increase and perhaps in the Red Book they will be determined in the list of vulnerable species.

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