notornis Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinules
Notornis mantelli; takahe.
EtymologyNL., fr. Gr. the south, or southwest + bird.
(Zoöl.) A genus of birds allied to the gallinules, but having rudimentary wings and incapable of flight. Notornis Mantelliwas first known as a fossil bird of New Zealand, but subsequently a few individuals were found living on the southern island. It is supposed to be now nearly or quite extinct.
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