Story: Land birds – overview

Huia-beak brooch

Huia-beak brooch

Made around 1900 from the beak of a female huia, this brooch is a reminder of the tragic loss of huia and other birds taken by collectors. As they became rarer, their value increased. Huia were last known alive in the early 1900s. A few groups were trying to rescue vulnerable species then, but concerted efforts to rescue near-extinct species did not gain momentum until the 1960s.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Land birds – overview - Extinct, endangered and threatened species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2015