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Extinct Birds Of New Zealand Reading Answers

When humans first arrived in New Zealand, at least 131 species of land, freshwater, and coastal birds existed, along with another 65 species of seabirds (gulls, albatrosses, petrels, and penguins), totaling at least 196 native species, according to a 1997 assessment (this count may have risen since as subspecies have been reclassified as species). Among the 131 species that resided on or near land, 93 (or 71 percent) were endemic, while 22 (or 34 percent) of the 65 seabirds were endemic, for a total of 115 (or 59 percent) endemic species. [5] Conservation

A Distinctive Characteristic

A characteristic that set this stamp issue apart was the fact that each of the six sheet stamps had the name and a short description of the bird on the reverse (gummed) side. This was the first time text appeared on the reverse side of a New Zealand stamp since 1893, when advertising slogans were printed on the back of the Queen Victoria Second Sidefaces (originally released 1882) issue. Australia Post-Sprintpak produced the self-adhesive booklet stamp, while Southern Colour Print printed the other stamps in the series.

'The fact that they were able to get a genome from a little bush moa toe is significant because it means we can now utilize their data to study other extinct bird species,' Ben Novak, principal scientist at the nonprofit conservation organisation Revive and Restore, told Statnews.

Bird genomes are structurally similar, making it possible to recreate additional species using the genes of the small bush moa.

Ecology and behavior

The eastern moa's short, thick legs and very large feet indicate that it traveled slowly. The eastern moa and the bigger stout-legged moa were notable for their very long, extended windpipes, which likely allowed them to emit louder, more resonant sounds than other moa species. Moa in the eastern hemisphere seem to have been browsers.

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