Birds of New Zealand

The term “for the birds” usually has a negative or at least dismissive connotation, but New Zealand really is for the birds. Some of the greatest birds of all-time lived here in the megafauna era, of course: the terrifying Moa and the far-more terrifying Haast’s Eagle.

Though these mighty animals exist no more, there are still over 170 kinds of birds.  Many of them are so kicked back and chill that they’ve given up flying entirely. Sure it’s a bit crap to have birds instead of mammals, but at least NZ birds are usually somewhat interesting.

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