a rare, flightless gallinulelike bird, Notornis mantelli, of New Zealand.
- Also called takahe.
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How to use notornis in a sentence
Among other interesting birds notornis stanleyi is figured on the plate opposite p. 273.
White's figure clearly shows the long wing coverts characteristic of the genus notornis.
This bird was nearly as large as notornis, but with a very small head and with a frontal shield.
It might be described as: Resembling Aptornis, but with shorter bill and feet, thus more approaching notornis.
British Dictionary definitions for notornis
a rare flightless rail of the genus Notornis, of New Zealand: See takahe
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