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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Legendary man-eating New Zealand bird 'did exist'

A giant man-eating bird that appears in ancient Maori legends did actually exist, according to new research.

The Te Hokioi was described as a huge black-and-white predator with a red crest and yellow-green tinged wingtips, in an account given to Sir George Gray, an early governor of New Zealand.

Scientists now think the stories handed down by word of mouth and depicted in rock drawings refer to Haast's eagle, a raptor that became extinct just 500 years ago.

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