Story: Ngā manu – birds

Kārearea call

The call of the kārearea (New Zealand falcon) was said to foretell the weather. If the bird screamed on a fine day, there would be rain the day after – if it screamed in wet weather, the next day would be clear. Listen to a kārearea’s cry.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 22 December 2004
Photograph by Alan Gibson

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Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (Bird call of the New Zealand falcon/Reference number T7683)

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How to cite this page:

Kelly Keane-Tuala, 'Ngā manu – birds - Predicting the weather', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 October 2021)

Story by Kelly Keane-Tuala, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015