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A second intact specimen of the Chatham Island Taiko ( Pterodroma magentae )

TitleA second intact specimen of the Chatham Island Taiko ( Pterodroma magentae )
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsImber, MJ, Tennyson, AJD, Taylor, GA, Johnston, I
JournalNotornis
Volume45
Issue4
Pagination247-254
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsbones, Chatham Island Taiko, intestines, Pterodroma magentae, study skin
Abstract

A breeding male Chatham Island Taiko (Pterodroma magentae) was found recently dead of injuries by its burrow on 14 November 1996. Intraspecific fighting followed by sepsis of wounds seems the likely cause of death. All parts were preserved. Food items of Taiko include four squid species and one fish species. Its intestinal structure suggests a close relationship with the P. mollis group and P. macroptera. Measurements of bones indicate that most subfossil bones previously referred to this species were correctly identified.

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