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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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Artwork by Paul Martinson
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