This video from New Zealand is called Takahe at TiriTiri Matangi. One of the world’s rarest birds.
From Wildlife Extra:
Record number of critically endangered Takahe chicks born
Burwood takahe breeding facility bursting at the seams
February 2010. The road to recovery for the critically endangered takahe just got a little easier with a record number of chicks born on the islands this summer. At least 21 chicks hatched on predator free island sanctuaries and, for the first time, the small mainland population on Maungatautari Ecological Island, Waikato, produced a chick.
To prevent over crowding on the islands, eight chicks will soon be winging their way to the Department of Conservation’s Burwood Bush Takahe Rearing Unit, near Te Anau, Southland, to be matched with the unit’s breeding pairs. Their March arrival, combined with the 12 chicks already at Burwood, will be the largest number of young takahe the unit has cared for during a breeding season.
Mr Tisch says the transfer of the chicks from the islands to the rearing unit is an important step towards releasing them into wild. He added that the islands’ breeding pairs are a vital part of the recovery programme as they act as insurance populations in case something goes wrong in the wild.
“Their time here allows them to be trained by the other birds to feed from tussock and get used to the colder temperatures down here.”
Once the chicks are nearly a year-old they will be released into an extensively trapped area in the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland National Park. It’s estimated that there are about 100 birds in the Murchison Mountains with the remainder on Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds, Mana and Kapiti Island Nature Reserve north of Wellington off the Wairarapa Coast, Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf northeast of Auckland, and on Maungatautari Ecological Island, Waikato.
* Takahe transfers are used to manage to the genetics on the islands and try and prevent in-breeding and over-crowding.
* Keeping numbers at the optimal level on the islands helps breeding. If a bird can’t get a territory, it can’t breed, and it will fight for a territory.
January 2011. Two rare takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) have been reintroduced into Wellington’s world-first wildlife sanctuary, ZEALANDIA. This is only the second such translocation of this species into the wild on the North Island. The flightless takahē are a real New Zealand oddity; once thought to be extinct, takahē were rediscovered in 1948 in a remote Fiordland valley. Thanks to an intensive programme of captive breeding, translocations, stoat control and deer culling spearheaded by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), the takahē population has seen a gradual increase from a low of 112 birds in 1981 to the current population of 225 birds: here.
The tiny island of Kapiti, located five miles off the coast of Wellington, New Zealand, is one of the last refuges for a menagerie of wildlife driven to near-extinction elsewhere by invasive species. Since the late 1980s, when all non-native animals were meticulously cleared from the island, it has been designated as a sanctuary, an important safe-haven for a host of birds species unaccustomed to predatory mammals. Late last year, however, a single stoat was spotted on the pristine island — prompting an intensive, three month long search for the rogue “killing machine”: here.
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