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Metal birds. Huia.

Metal birds. Huia.
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Metal art , metal birds, huia
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Huia

The Huia was a species of wattlebird that was found only in NZ's North Island. Unluckily for the Huia (and us) it became extinct in in the early 20th century due to rampant hunting for mounted specimens (damn those museums and wealthy private collectors).

Huia were also hunted to obtain their long, striking tail feathers for locally fashionable hat decorations.

Deforestation of the lowlands of the North Island didn't help ( go you European settlers ). Most of these forests were ancient, ecologically complex primary forests, and Huia couldn't cut it in regenerating secondary forests.

The last confirmed sighting of a Huia was on 28 December 1907 in the Tararua Ranges and I'll bet they had no idea as they took aim with that Winchester.
(They likely later shamelessly traded that same Winchester for part of the rocky Poneke south coast).
 
So we're keen to bring them back, at least in spirit!

Ours is approximately life size at 240 mm high in 3mm Corten steel that rusts to a deep brown.

You simply hammer it in. It looks good, attracts real birds just like itself & is almost bulletproof. I've seen a Tui pecking one to no avail.
 
  • Approx. size bird: 240mmx150mm (9.45"x5.91"), plus pin

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