Kōrero: European discovery of plants and animals


This hand-coloured engraving of a tūī (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) was the first published illustration of a New Zealand bird. It appeared in Peter Brown’s New illustrations of zoology (1776). Labelled ‘The New Zealand Creeper’, it was based on a stuffed specimen collected on James Cook’s first voyage to New Zealand (1768–71). The butterfly is not a New Zealand species.

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British Museum

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

John Andrews, 'European discovery of plants and animals - The first naturalists', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/10940/tui (accessed 29 October 2021)

He kōrero nā John Andrews, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007