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New Zealand’s man-eating bird was real


In New Zealand, an old Maori legend once spoke of a large, man-eating bird.

Christened Te Hokioi after the sound of its bird-call, the creature was described to New Zealand governor Sir George Gray as black and white with a red crest and wingtips colored a yellow-green hue. Stories of the Te Hokioi were passed among the Maori by word of mouth with various depictions of the beast in rock drawings. It was not until a study was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2009 that the Te Hokioi became more than a mythical being.

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