from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flightless bird (Gallirallus australis) of New Zealand, having mottled brown plumage and short legs.
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- n. The woodhen, a flightless bird of New Zealand.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A New Zealand rail (Ocydromus australis) which has wings so short as to be incapable of flight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several species of large, flightless rails of the genus Ocydromus, found in New Zealand: commonly known as wood-hen.
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- n. flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fighting
An albino specimen of the New Zealand endemic flightless bird, the weka, may be more vulnerable to predators.
Other birds with no close relatives beyond New Zealand found in the area include: blue duck Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos, wrybill Anarhynchus frontalis and western weka Gallirallus australis.
C.a. iredalei was endemic to Stewart Island, but died out when weka (Gallirallus australis) and rats (Rattus rattus) were introduced.
Extant endemics on Rakiura and its offshore islets include subspecies of southern robin (Petroica australis rakiura), weka (Gallirallus australis scotti), and fernbird (Bowdleria punctata stewartiana), as well as a leaf-veined slug, a Paryphanta spp., and the harlequin gecko (Hoplodactylus nebulosis).
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Even the flightless weka, a fierce and disorderly duck-sized bird, which is native to other parts of New Zealand, has been eradicated.
On this date we came to the end of our meats, which I had been dealing out in a very sparing manner, just to provide a change from sea elephant and weka.
We arose at 7 A.M. next day and breakfasted on porridge, weka, fried heart, "hard-tack" and cocoa.
He now had a collection of eggs of all birds which nest on the island, with the exception of the weka and the tern.
This is sufficient to bring every weka within a quarter of a mile hurrying to the spot, and, in a few minutes, heads may be seen poking out of the grass in every direction.