Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Waka kererū

Waka kererū

This waka kererū (pigeon trough) was photographed at Ruatāhuna in 1899. The trough was filled with water, and kererū would come to drink. Snares were set on either side of the trough, and when the birds tried to drink they were caught.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Elsdon Best Collection
Reference: PAColl-4249-06

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Attracting birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007