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New Zealand Takahe Merino Wool Dress Sock NZNC

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    I bought a pair of these socks for my Dad as, what I thought was an uninspired, Christmas present a couple of years ago. However, he loves them as they are warm and hard wearing. Mum loves them because they don't make his feet smell! So he requested some more for his birthday and to survive the cold UK winter. He might be getting more for presents until he has the full set!

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  • 5
    Socks

    I bought a pair of these socks for my Dad as, what I thought was an uninspired, Christmas present a couple of years ago. However, he loves them as they are warm and hard wearing. Mum loves them because they don't make his feet smell! So he requested some more for his birthday and to survive the cold UK winter. He might be getting more for presents until he has the full set!

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The indigenous Takahe, a fligtless bird features on these socks which are aprt of our Kiwiana inspired pictorial sock range with imagery of New Zealand native flora and fauna. These make great souvenirs or gifts for family and friends here and overseas, because they are lightweight and low cost to post. We ship almost anywhere in the world!

Features of Takahe Dress Sock

  • 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Lycra
  • Proudly made in New Zealand at Norsewood
  • One Size Fits Most Adults

Size Guide - NZ/UK 5-10 mens, US 6-11, Euro 37-43, NZ Womens 6-11

 

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The flightless takahē is a colourful green and blue bird with an impressive red beak and short stout legs. The takahē are classified as an endangered species.

The flightless takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is a unique bird, a conservation icon and a survivor. The takahē has clung to existence despite the pressures of hunting, habitat destruction and introduced predators. It is the largest living member of the rail family.

The takahē was once thought to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 1948. Even today, despite years of conservation effort, the takahē remains critically endangered.

Are they just fat pūkeko?

No! A takahē looks similar to the common pÅ«keko, probably because they share an ancestor, so they are very distantly related. The pÅ«keko is skinny and blue with a black back, the takahē is much larger and more colourful. It has a large, strong red beak and stout red legs. Its gorgeous feathers range from an iridescent dark blue head, neck and breast to peacock blue shoulders and turquoise and olive green wings and back.  Adult takahē are about the size of a large hen, 50 cm high and can weigh over 3 kg. Takahē are flightless. They have wings, but they are only use them to display during courtship or as a show of aggression. Takahē have lived over 20 years in captivity but in the wild few birds reach this age.

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