Fantails are lovely little birds. The Maori name is Piwakawaka (or Tiwakawaka). The fantails are about 16cm in length, half of it’s size is the tail, often fanned out.
The outer tail feathers are light, the centre ones are dark. The fantails are always on the look-out for insects. We even have fantails in our garden in Devonport, Auckland.
We love these lovely glass fantails… Beautiful glass art birds by our top New Zealand glass blowers.
- colour: pink, blue, orange or green
- size fantails: 70mm x 70mm (2.76″x 2.76″)
Or have a look at our paua fantail >>
In Māori mythology, the fantail was responsible for the presence of death in the world. Maui, thinking he could eradicate death by successfully passing through the goddess of death, Hine-nui-te-po, tried to enter the goddess’s sleeping body through the pathway of birth. The fantail, warned by Maui to be quiet, began laughing and woke Hine-nuite-po, who was so angry that she promptly killed Maui.
Source: Department of Conservation – More information about these lovely fantail birds >>