Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Bird traps

Bird traps

These are re-creations of some of the traps used traditionally to snare birds, including the waka kererū (pigeon trough) at the bottom, where birds were caught as they came to drink. On the left is the tumu, a snare made from a double branch and used on small trees and shrubs. In the middle and right are mutu, which are hooked over branches or horizontal perches and unhooked when a bird is caught by its feet.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
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Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Attracting birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007