Scientific Publications

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Anderson, A., 1989. On evidence for the survival of moa in European Fiordland. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 12, 39-44

Baber, M.J., Craig, J.L. 2003 Home range size and carrying capacity of the South Island takahē (Porphyrio hochsetteri) on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Notornis  50: 67- 54.

Baber, M.J., Craig, J.L. 2003 The relationship between foraging behaviour and habitat use by South Island takahē (Porphyrio hochsetteri) on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Notornis  50: 59-66

Beauchamp, A.J., Worthy, T.H., 1988. Decline in distribution of the takahe Porphyrio (= Notornis) mantelli: a reexamination. Journal of Royal Society of NZ. 18, 103–118.

Benham, P.W.B., 1899. Notes on the internal anatomy of Notornis. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1–15.

Body, D.R., 1984. Lipid composition of eggs of the takahe ( Notornis mantelli) (Aves: Rallidae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 11, 461–464.

Bunin,J.S. 1995  Preliminary observations of behavioural interactions between takahē ( Porphyrio mantelli ) and Pukeko ( P. porphyrio ) on Mana Island. Notornis Vol 42 (2): 140 – 143

Bunin,J.S., Jamieson,I.G. 1995 New approaches toward a better understanding of the decline of takahē (Porphyrio mantelli) in New Zealand. Conservation Biology 9: 100-106.

Bunin, J.S., Jamieson, I.G., 1996a. A cross-fostering experiment between the endangered takahe (Porphyrio mantelli) and its closest relative, the pukeko (P. porphyrio). New Zealand Journal of Ecology 20, 207–213.

Bunin,J.S., Jamieson,I.G. 1996b Responses to a model predator of New Zealand’s endangered takahē (Porphyrio mantelli) and its closest relative, the pukeko. Conservation Biology 10: 1463-1466. [PDF] from

Bunin,J.S., Jamieson,I.G., Eason,D. 1997 Low reproductive success of the endangered takahē (Porphyrio mantelli) on offshore island refuges in New Zealand. Ibis 139:144-151 

Clout, M.N., Craig, J.L. 1995. The conservation of critically endangered flightless birds in New Zealand. Ibis 137 (Suppl. 1): S181-S190.

Coomes, D.A., Allen, R.B., Forsyth, D.M., Lee, W.G., 2002. Factors Preventing the Recovery of New Zealand Forests Following Control of Invasive Deer. Conservation Biology 17, 450–459.

Cullen, R., Moran, E., Hughey, K.F.D., 2005. Measuring the success and cost effectiveness of New Zealand multiplespecies projects to the conservatino of threatened species. Ecological Economics 53, 311-323

Cumming, W.A., 1953. Notornis reported seen in 1910. Notornis 5, 1–29.

Eason, D., Millar, G.D., Cree, A., Halverson, J., Lambert, D.M., 2001. A comparison of five methods for assignment of sex in the takahe (Aves: Porphyrio mantelli). Journal of Zoology. 253, 281–292.

Eason, D.K., 1994. Takahe, Notornis mantelli: artificial incubation of eggs and methods to determine sex. (Report Number 29). University of Otago, Diploma in Wildlife Management.

Evans, G.R., 1978. Alpine grasslands of the Murchison Mountains, in:. Presented at the Takahe seminar, Te Anau, New Zealand, pp. 1–9.

Falla, R.A., 1951. The nesting season of Notornis. Notornis 4, 97–101.[PDF 2.52MB]

Fleming, C.A., 1951. Notornis in February, 1950. Notornis 4, 101–107.[PDF 2.52MB]

Fletcher, D., 2007. Analysis of breeding success in takahe (Internal report) Department of Conservation

Ganslosser, U., Hodges, J.K., Kaumanns, W., 1995. Training captive-raised, naive birds to recognise their predator. A case study on the New Zealand takahe (Porphyrio mantelli, Rallidae)., in: Research and Captive Propagation

Gaze, P., Cash, B., 2008. A history of wildlife translocations in the Marlborough Sounds (No. 72), Department of Conservation Occasional Publication.

Godfrey, J.D., Bryant, D.M., 2003. Effect of radio transmitters on energy expenditure of takahe in Williams, M. (Ed.), Conservation Applications of Measuring Energy Expenditure of New Zealand Birds: Assessing Habitat Quality and Costs of Carrying Radio Transmitters. Department of Conservation, Science for Conservation, pp. 69–81.

Godfrey, J.D., Bryant, D.M., Williams, M., 2003. Radio-telemetry increases free-living energy costs in the endangered Takahe Porphyrio mantelli. Biological Conservation 114, 35–38.

Godfrey, J.D., Bryant, D.M., Williams, M., 2004. More heat, less light: on the costs and benefits of radio-telemetry 1-2.

Grange, Z.L., van Andel, M., French, N.P., Gartrell, B.D., 2014. Network Analysis of Translocated Takahe Populations to Identify Disease Surveillance Targets. Conservation Biology 28, 518–528.

Grueber, C.E. 2004. Pedigree and microsatellite analysis of genetic diversity in the endangered New Zealand takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri). MSc thesis, University of Otago (Book No. 10054715).

Grueber, C.E. 2010. Inbreeding, heterozygosity and fitness in bottlenecked populations : a case study of takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri). Unpubl. PhD thesis, University of Otago (Book No. 10061844).

Grueber, C.E., Jamieson, I.G., 2007. Quantifying and managing the loss of genetic variation in a free-ranging population of takahe through the use of pedigrees. Conservation Genetics 9, 645–651. [PDF]  Otago University

Grueber, C.E., Jamieson, I.G., 2009. If I don’t have a pedigree, will DNA do?, in:. Presented at the CEG, pp. 1–1.

Grueber, C.E., Jamieson, I.G., 2011. Low genetic diversity and small population size of Takahe Porphyrio hochstetteri on European arrival in New Zealand. Ibis 153, 384–394.

Grueber, C.E., KING, T.M., WATERS, J.M., Jamieson, I.G., 2008a. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci

from the endangered New Zealand takahe (Gruiformes; Rallidae; Porphyrio hochstetteri). Molecular Ecology

Resources 8, 884–886. doi:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02098.x

Grueber, C.E., LAWS, R.J., Nakagawa, S., Jamieson, I.G., 2010a. Inbreeding Depression Accumulation across Life-

History Stages of the Endangered Takahe. Conservation Biology 24, 1617–1625. doi:10.1111/j.1523-



Grueber, C.E., Jamieson, I.G. 2011. Low genetic diversity and small population size of takahē Porphyrio hochstetteri on European arrival in New Zealand. Ibis 153: 384–394.

Grueber, C.E., Maxwell, J.M., Jamieson, I.G. 2012. Are introduced takahē populations on offshore islands at carrying capacity? Implications for Genetic Management. Published on-line. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36 (2) [PDF 549KB]

Hegg, D. 2007. Use of a stochastic population model as a tool to assist decision making in the management of takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri). Unpubl. MSc thesis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Hegg, D., Greaves, G., Maxwell,J. M., MacKenzie, D.I., Jamieson, I.G. 2012. Demography of takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) in Fiordland: environmental factors and management affect survival and breeding success. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36 (1): 75-89.

Hegg, D., MacKenzie, D.I., Jamieson, I.G.  2013. Use of Bayesian population viability analysis to assess multiple management decisions in the recovery programme for the Endangered takahē Porphyrio hochstetteri. Oryx 47 (1): 144-152.

James, K.A. C., Moore, P.J., Mills, J.A., Koolaard, J.P.; Lavers, R.B., Butts, C., Treloar, B.P., Grace, N.D., Bang, L.M. 2004. The nutritional value of cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata L.), midribbed snow-tussock (Chionochloa pallens Zotov), and red tussock (Chionochloa rubra Zotov) for the takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri Meyer). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 34 (4): 333-345.

Kennedy, J. 1955. takahē research 1954-1955 season: a summary. Notornis 6 (6): 164-166

Jamieson, I.G. 2004. No evidence that dietary nutrient deficiency is related to poor reproductive success of translocated takahē. Biological conservation 115 (1):165-170.

Jamieson, I.G., Ryan, C.J. 2000. Increased egg infertility associated with translocating inbred takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) to island refuges in New Zealand. Biological Conservation 94 (1): 107-114 [PDF] from

Jamieson, I.G., Roy, M.S., Lettink, M. 2003. Sex-specific consequences of recent inbreeding in an ancestrally inbred population of New Zealand takahē. Conservation Biology 17 (3): 708-716. [PDF] from

Lee, W.G., Wilson, J.B., Rance, B.D. 1994. Reassessment (1989-1994) of permanent transects to monitor vegetation change and use by deer of Chionochloa pallens grassland in the Murchison and Stuart mountains, Fiordland. Dept. of Conservation (Book No. 10030287).

Lee, W.G. 1990. Permanent transects to monitor deer usage of Chinochloa [ie Chionochloa] pallens grassland in three areas of Fiordland National Park important for the conservation of takahē (Notornis mantelli). Unpubl. Report, Dept. of Conservation (Book No. 10018122).

Lee, W.G., Jamieson I.G. (Eds). 2001. The takahē: Fifty years of conservation management and research. University of Otago Press, Dunedin.

McCann, C. 1964. The tongues of the Pukeko and takahē compared. Notornis 11 (3): 183-186.

Mark, A.F. 1973. Vegetation in eastern and western sections of the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland in relation to habitat requirements of takahē. Botany Department, University of Otago (Book No. 10001070).

Maxwell, J., Jamieson I.G. 1994. Survival and recruitment of captive-reared and wild-reared takahē in Fiordland, New Zealand.  Conservation Biology  [PDF] from

Mills, J. Nilsson, R.J., Cook, E.J., Clark, D.G. 1973. Kakapo and takahē reports. Unpubl.  Reports, N.Z. Wildlife Service (Book No. 10044289).

Mills, J.A., Lavers, R.B. 1974. Preliminary results of research into the present status of takahē (Notornis mantelli), in the Murchison Mountains. Notornis 21 (4): 312-317.

Mills, J.A., Lavers, R.B., Lee, W.G. 1984. The takahē – A relict of the Pleistocene Grassland Avifauna of New ZealandNew Zealand Journal of Ecology 7: 57-70.

Mills, J. 1975. Population studies on takahē, Nortonis mantelli in Fiordland, New Zealand. Reprint No. 10057889, Wildlife Service, Wellington.

Mills, J., Mark, A.F. 1977. Food preferences of takahē in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand and the effect of competition from introduced red deer. Journal of animal ecology 46: 939-958.

Morris, R.B. 1977. Observations of takahē nesting behaviour at Mount Bruce. Notornis 24 (1): 54-58.

Reid, B. 1974.  Faeces of takahē ( Notornis mantelli ): a general discussion relating the quantity of faeces to the type of food and to the estimated energy requirements of the bird. Notornis 21 (4): 306-311.

Reid, B., Stack, D.J. 1974. An assessment of the number of takahē in the “Special Area” of Murchison Mountains during the years 1963 – 1967. Notornis 21 (4):  296-305.

Ryan, C. 1997. Observations on the breeding behaviour of takahē (Porphyrio mantelli) on Mana Island. Notornis 44 (4): 233 – 240. 

Smith, D.H.V., Jamieson, I.G. 2003. Movement, diet, and relative abundance of stoats in an alpine habitat. DoC Science Internal Series 107.

Smith, D.H.V., Jamieson, I.G. 2005. Lack of movement of stoats (Mustela erminea) between Nothofagus valley floors and alpine grasslands, with implications for theconservation of New Zealand’s endangered fauna. N. Z. Journal of Ecology 29 (1): 45-52.

Suttie, J.M., Fennessy, P.M. 1992. Organ weight and weight relationships in takahē and Pukeko. Notornis 39 (1) 47-53.

Trewick, S. 1996. The diet of Kakapo ( Strigops habroptilus ), takahē ( Porphyrio mantelli ) and Pukeko ( P. porphyrio melanotus ) studied by faecal analysis. Notornis  43 (2): 79-84.

Wickes, C., Crouchley, D., Maxwell, J. 2009. takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) recovery plan,    2007-2012. Dept. of Conservation, Wellington (Book No. 10060705).

Wildlife Division., 1953. Notes on Notornis, 1951-1952. Notornis 5, 142–144.

Williams, G.R. 1955. Summary of takahē investigations for 1953-54 study season. Notornis 6 (4): 112-114

Williams, G.R. 1957. Some preliminary data on the population dynamics of the takahē ( Notornis mantelli , Owen) Notornis 7 (6): 165-175.

Williams, G.R. 1959. The takahē ( Notornis mantelli Owen, 1848): A general survey. [PDF] from

Williams, G.R., Miers, K.H. 1957.  A five year banding study of the takahē ( Notornis mantelli Owen) Notornis 8 (1): 2-28.

Wilmshurst, J.M. Establishing long-term changes in takahë winter feeding grounds in    Fiordland using pollen analysis. Science for Conservation 228, Dept. of Conservation, Wellington.





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