Story: Ngā manu – birds

Turiwhatu (dotterel)

Turiwhatu (dotterel)

A turiwhatu displays its wings. In some traditions, it was believed that the bird would be the only survivor of a major disaster.

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Photograph by Dick Veitch

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How to cite this page:

Kelly Keane-Tuala, 'Ngā manu – birds - Tohu – signs and predictions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

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