The South Island Takahe is a large species of flightless rail endemic to New Zealand. In fact, the species, also known as Notornis, is the largest living species of rail in the world, weighing in at up to 9+ lbs!
The South Island Takahe lives in alpine grasslands. It is a altitudinal migrant, moving to lower altitudes during the winter when snow covers its grassland breeding grounds. They feed on vegetation, like grass and shoots, as well as insects and occasionally eggs of other birds.
South Island Takahe can be recognized by their stocky build, iridescent plumage, and red facial shield. Males and females look alike, though males are typically larger.