The moa is an extinct relative of the kiwi. Everyone knows that birds descended from dinosaurs — and, like dinosaurs, birds have been subject to the kinds of ecological pressures (loss of habitat, climate change, human predation) that can render a species extinct.Here's a list of the 10 most notable birds that have gone extinct in historical times, in descending order of disappearance.

They ranged in size from that of a turkey to larger than an ostrich; some stood as tall as 3 meters (10 feet). Moa were nine species (in six genera) of now-extinct flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. Later he describes the Dodo, a flightless extinct bird whose last confirmed sighting was circa 1690.
17, 2014 , 3:15 PM For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known … /rimshot. Seriously, though, I will stick with humans hunting them into extinction, or at least close enough that they eventually gave up the ghost themselves. It is hard to know exactly when the last of New Zealand’s iconic giant birds kicked the proverbial bucket, but new research has come up with the most accurate guess to date.. Credit: Flickr/Greg Hewgill Moa likely became extinct sometime between 1440-1445 AD, according to a new study from University of Auckland and Landcare Research scientists. A mere 1,000 years ago, giant flightless birds called moas inhabited the islands of New Zealand. Because you touch yourself at night. They're large, flightless birds, easy prey for hunter-gatherers, with no defenses against an influx of new predators.
While he described it’s main predator the Haast eagle, he made no mention of the Maoris arrival circa 1400 or of their overhunting that led to it going extinct within the next two hundred years. Man’s arrival in New Zealand 200 years prior to this date is the sole cause of the giant bird’s extinction, according to a new study. The dodo and the moa have much in common. New Zealand’s largest birds probably became extinct within one hundred years of humans first arriving in New Zealand, around 1300 A.D.. By Virginia Morell Mar.

No extinction is as well documented as that of the New Zealand Moa (pronounced mo-ah).

Why did Moas go extinct? Estimates of the Moa population when Polynesians settled New Zealand circa 1280, vary between 58,000 to c. 2.5 million.

While he described it’s main predator the Haast eagle, he made no mention of the Maoris arrival circa 1400 or of their overhunting that led to it going extinct within the next two hundred years.

When moa bones were first discovered by Europeans in New Zealand in the 1830s, the birds were declared a scientific marvel.

It was a large, flightless bird. Photo by Sciencemag.org. A number of species – some very large and some small – once roamed the country, but probably became extinct about 500 years ago.

Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct? The last moa birds died out around the year 1530. About Giant Moa. Moa New Zealand's giant flightless bird. Both were large, flightless birds found on isolated islands. Moa, any of several extinct ostrichlike flightless birds native to New Zealand that make up the order Dinornithiformes. DNA evidence suggests that moas are related to South American tinamous. They developed apart from humans and most other terrestrial mammals, and both became extinct in roughly the same era because of hunting and other pressures caused by humans. The two largest species, Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae, reached about 3.6 m (12 ft) in height with neck outstretched, and weighed about 230 kg (510 lb). Giant Moa is an extinct bird that was discovered in the early 19 th century and was named by Richard Owen in 1843. Its official name – Dinornis robustus – is translated as meaning “strange & robust bird.” It was considered to have been one of the largest moas to have roamed for thousands of years in New Zealand. However, there were unsubstantiated sightings of moa by whalers and sealers into the 18th and even 19th centuries. The dodo and the moa have much in common. Later he describes the Dodo, a flightless extinct bird whose last confirmed sighting was circa 1690.

They developed apart from humans and most other terrestrial mammals, and both became extinct in roughly the same era because of hunting and other pressures caused by humans. It was believed to have become extinct around the year 1400. Moa were different sizes, with the Giant Moa, one of the tallest birds that ever lived, growing up to twelve feet tall!

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It was a large flightless bird of the order Dinornithiformes.