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Wiktionary Daily Article - The Tahiti Rail 13th September 2019

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Wiktionary Daily Article - The Tahiti Rail 13th September 2019

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The Tahiti rail (Gallirallus pacificus) is an extinct bird species from
Tahiti. The rail was first recorded during James Cook's second voyage in
1772–1775, during which it was painted by Georg Forster and described
by his father Johann. It may have also existed on nearby Mehetia. It
appears to have been closely related to the buff-banded rail, and has
been confused with that bird's Tongan subspecies. The Tahiti rail was
9 in (23 cm) long, with white on its underparts, throat, and
"eyebrows". Its upper parts were black with white dots and bands, the
hind neck was rust-coloured, the breast was grey, and it had a black
band across its throat. The bill and iris were red, and the legs were
pink. It was supposedly flightless, and nested on the ground. It
frequented open areas, marshes, and coconut plantations, eating mainly
insects and some coconut meat. Its extinction, after 1844 on Tahiti, and
perhaps in the 1930s on Mehetia, was probably due to predation by humans
and introduced cats and rats.

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Thigibh a nis le buidheachas
n a gheataibh-san a steach,
Is thigibh fòs le maladh mòr
an cùirtibh naomh a theach :
Is thugaibh dha mòr-bhuidheachas,
ainm beannaichibh gu binn.

Psalm 100: 4

"Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep's clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves! You will recognize them by their fruit. Can people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7: 15-16 Complete Jewish Bible

Dear friends, don't trust every spirit. On the contrary, test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1 Complete Jewish Bible