Kōrero: Birds of mountains and open country

New Zealand raven

New Zealand raven

When the Polynesian ancestors of Māori arrived in New Zealand, ravens were common in open country around the coasts. The Pacific rats (kiore) introduced by the voyagers ate raven eggs and chicks, and the adult birds were hunted by humans. By the time the first Europeans visited the country, ravens were extinct.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - Open country environments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/14002/new-zealand-raven (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015