Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Korapa traps

Korapa traps

The korapa trap was mainly used to catch robins, but was also used for other birds. It was pegged upright, and bait – worms, berries or grubs – was scattered beside it. When robins arrived, the string was pulled and the trap landed on the bird.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Elsdon Best, Forest lore of the Maori. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1942
Photograph by J. McDonald

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Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Spears, rods, hands and traps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11993/korapa-traps (accessed 17 December 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007