This 1901 poster depicts native birds of the New Zealand forest and wetlands. The colourful kea, a mountain parrot, is at the centre. Some of the birds – including tūī, bellbird, fantail and kingfisher – are still quite common. The yellowhead, kākā and fernbird are more scarce, and local knowledge may be needed to find them. Several others – including the stitchbird and kākāpō – now survive only in pest-free sanctuaries. Others – the piopio and bush wren – have become extinct since this poster was painted.
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