New Zealand Journal of Ecology (1989) 12(s): 39- 44

On Evidence for the Survival of Moa in European Fiordland

Research Article
A. Anderson  
  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

It is widely thought that some small "bush" moa (Dinornithiformes) survived in Fiordland, New Zealand, into the European era. Possible sightings, especially that by Alice McKenzie, and archaeological evidence, particularly from the Takahe Valley rockshelter site, are discussed. They are insufficient to sustain the belief that moa survived until the eighteenth century or later.