Story: Ngā manu – birds

Huia (1st of 2)


This 1848 lithograph by John Gould shows a pair of a huia – a male (top) and female. The huia’s tail feathers were highly prized and worn by people of rank.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0026-19
Hand-coloured lithograph by John Gould

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Kelly Keane-Tuala, 'Ngā manu – birds - Symbols of status', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Kelly Keane-Tuala, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015