Wikijunior:Extinct Birds/New Zealand Quail

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Coturnix novaezelandiae.jpg

The New Zealand quail (Coturnix novaezelandiae) is also called the koreke and has been extinct since 1875.

Description[edit | edit source]

They are brown with some white. Females were slightly bigger than males.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

They were found in New Zealand. They were mainly found in grassland. Their population increased when the Maori arrived, since they destroyed some of the forest, hence creating grassland.

Diet[edit | edit source]

We do not really know what they ate, though we think they were herbivores. We believe they ate flowers, seeds and leaves.

Extinction[edit | edit source]

They became extinct due to grasslands being made into farmland and hunting.

Song[edit | edit source]

Their song sounded like 'twit, twit, twit, twee-twit’.