19 Mar 2015

Stork brings new takahe to Motutapu

7:18 pm on 19 March 2015

Auckland's Motutapu Island is welcoming its latest resident - a newborn takahe chick.

The first island-born Takahe chick.

The first island-born Takahe chick. Photo: SUPPLIED / Motutapu Restoration Trust

It is the first takahe to be born on the island, which conservationists said was huge news for the fragile species.

Twenty of the critically endangered birds were relocated to the island after it was declared pest-free in 2011.

Mototapu Restoration Trust spokesman John Eccleton said the birth of the yet-unnamed takahe was a sign the birds were taking to their new habitat.

All 20 of the Mototapu takahe have names and are recognised by colour-coded bands worn on their ankles.

The adult birds are taking an active interest in the raising of the chick, who seems to have three parents - mum, dad and a devoted favourite uncle.

There are only 254 takahe left in the world and Mototapu is home to eight percent of them.

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