Story: Ngā manu – birds

Ruru (morepork)

The Māori and English names of the ruru (morepork) both echo the sound of its haunting cry. Listen to Ruka Broughton discuss the significance of the ruru’s call.


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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 13 July 2024)

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