The both Giant moa species are endemic to New Zealand’s North or South Island. The moa look similar to an ostrich, but are the only real wingless birds which don’t have even any trace of a wing. Whereas the other 7 moa species had the size of a large turkey, the Giant moa were much larger.
Body height: 3.6m
Body weight: 230 kg
Nest: The nest was a small depression scratched out in the soft dry soil. Plant material and clipped twigs were used to construct the nest platform. The eggs were 40 cm high and weighted 4.5 kg
Habitat: On the South Island the dry rain shadow forest and shrub lands and especially the high rainfall west coast beech forests were the habitat of the South Island giant moa and on the North Island the North Island giant moa could be found in high rainfall forests.
Extinction: Because of overhunting and habitat destruction, the Giant moa were driven to extinction, soon after the arrival of the Maoris in New. About 100 years later, in 1445 all the 9 moa species had become extinct.