Kōrero: 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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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: I.034789

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Land birds – overview - Extinct, endangered and threatened species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/9914/huia-beak-brooch (accessed 3 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Kerry-Jayne Wilson, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2015