Heavy-footed moa

This specimen was donated by FL Mouldey of Christchurch who accumulated a large collection of material from all over the world, which he donated to Canterbury Museum in Christchurch on his death in 1914. Some of his collection was built up by the exchange of material and it is possible that this is how we acquired 8 moa bones from him in 1910. In the register this bone is recorded as ‘998 Pachyornis elephantopus (Part of metatarsus)’ “Found in the Loess deposits of Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand, at depths varying from 10 feet to 50 feet below the surface, most of the specimens being encased in marly concretions of Pleistocene Age”.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Common Name
heavy-footed moa
Simple Name
fossil: bird

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Pachyornis elephantopus (Owen):DINORNITHIDAE: heavy-footed moa