Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The NZ Moa Bird,

The New Zealand Moa Bird

The New Zealand Moa Bird

  • Moas were unique among flightless birds, having lost any trace that they once had wings.
  • Not even tiny wing bones or a wishbone were left.
  • As well as bones, mummified moas and well preserved feathers have been found.
  • Fragments have been found at many sites, including prehistoric Maori settlements, where the eggs had been cooked and eaten.
  • Related to the ostriches and emus, there were 11 species of moa, from the turkey-sized Euryapteryx curtus to the huge Dinornis giganteus.

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