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Journal of BirdLife Australia
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Plant remains in coprolites: diet of a subalpine moa (Dinornithiformes) from southern New Zealand

Mark Horrocks, Donna D'Costa, Rod Wallace, Rhys Gardner and Renzo Kondo

Emu 104(2) 149 - 156
Published: 23 June 2004

Abstract

Analysis of plant macrofossils and pollen in putative coprolites (2538 ± 95 14C years ago) of Megalapteryx didinus, a southern subalpine species of the extinct moa, indicates that this bird browsed branchlets of forest trees (mainly Nothofagus), and grazed on tussockland and lake edge herbs (Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Isoetes). The data provide the first direct evidence of diet of an upland moa.

https://doi.org/10.1071/MU03019

© Royal Australian Ornithologists Union 2004

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