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The ageing of Weka ( Gallirallus australis ) using measurements, soft parts, plumage and wing spurs

TitleThe ageing of Weka ( Gallirallus australis ) using measurements, soft parts, plumage and wing spurs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsBeauchamp, AJ
JournalNotornis
Volume45
Issue3
Pagination167-176
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsjuvenile development, moult, Rallidae, Weka
Abstract

Weka (Gallirallus australis) can be aged accurately up until 50 days old using leg and bill measurements, and then less accurately up to 180 days old using plumage development, wing spur shape and iris colour. Weka less than one year old can be distinguished by their remex tip and wing spur shape. Beyond one year, Weka can only be placed into age groups, using wing spur shape.

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