Adzebill

Description
Once thought to be a small moa, the adzebill is now thought to be more closely related to cranes. However, like the moa this bird was flightless, only found in New Zealand and is now extinct. Two species are believed to have existed – one on the North Island, the other on the South. The register lists this as the North Island species but this could be incorrect as other documentation suggests they were collected in the South Island. This bone is a metatarsal and is in a subfossil state. From the collection of Dr John Teschemaker of Exmouth, donated by his family in 1869.
Accession Loan No.
B2655
Collection Class
Birds
Common Name
adzebill
Simple Name
fossil: bird
Full Name
gruiformes: Aptornis otidiformis?: adzebill
Family Group

Collection County
North Island
Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Family
Aptornithidae
Genus
Aptornis
Species
otidiformis?

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