South Island Takahe Porphyrio hochstetteri

Family: Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, Coots)

Authority: (Meyer, 1883)

Red List Category

Criteria: D

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Endangered because it has a very small, albeit increasing, wild population. Although the total number of mature individuals in New Zealand is now considerably larger than 250, large numbers of these are in intensively managed subpopulations and/or are located on small islands or 'mainland islands' that are too small to support self-sustaining populations, so they are not treated as wild individuals in this assessment. A re-introduced population at Kahurangi National Park has not yet been established for five years and so it is also excluded from this assessment. If the wild population continues to increase, the species will warrant downlisting to Vulnerable in due course.

Population size: 50-249 mature individuals

Population trend: increasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 570 km2

Country endemic: yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Porphyrio hochstetteri. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/south-island-takahe-porphyrio-hochstetteri on 24/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org on 24/02/2024.