Five hundred years ago, a bird, the world’s largest eagle, weighing as much as thirty pounds with a wing span of ten feet and talons wider than a tiger’s claws inhabited the South Island and southern North Island of New Zealand.
This eagle preyed upon the large flightless birds such as the moa and takahe. It would perch high in trees and strike with great speed, power and precision. When its food supply dwindled it became extinct.
The legend of Te Hokioi is believed based upon information regarding this eagle, which is passed down from generation to generation. Some traditional stories say that Te Hokioi was only seen in flight, others that it only flew at night or was only visible to those of high birth.
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