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Moa by Dubhghall Moa by Dubhghall
Dinornis maximus or Dinornis robustus - one of 10 species.

Once native to New Zeland, the Moa are thought to have become extinct about 1500, although some reports speculate that a few stragglers may have persisted in remote corners of New Zealand until the 18th and even 19th Centuries. They were a sight to behold, as females of the Giant Moa species often grew to 13-14 feet tall and believed to weighed upward of around 700 pounds.

Closest living relatives: Australian emu and cassowary. Not the kiwi, like was once thought.

Natural enemies: Harpagornis (a.k.a. Haast's Eagle), the world's largest eagle and largest known flying bird, which is also now extinct.
Female Haast's Eagles weighed in at 14 kilograms (30 pounds), and males at about 10 kilograms (22 pounds). They had a wingspan of about 3 meters, which is short for a bird of the Haast's Eagle's weight. But thats for another time :D
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Nice work!
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DarkPrince2007 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Damn it maories! If there weren't for them, the moa still alive and the fauna in New Zealand would be more interesting than in these days.
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SSgtFox501st Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
The Moa in Halo:Reach on planet Reach are based off of this. you can get a Moa burger for 7.77 credits in New Mombasa...
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Brookcresent Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful drawing and yes PonchoFirewalker01 you are correct :)
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I heard that the Moa's DNA is more like that of the tinamou of South America.
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Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That's a wonderful picture! I like the texture of its feathers.
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Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That's a wonderful picture! I like the texture of its feathers.
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Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That's a wonderful picture! I like the texture of its feathers.
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iwilltank Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
man, picture it if they were still alive, they would be our chickens
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Giant chickens. Ones that we could ride into battle!
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