Kōrero: Birds of mountains and open country

Kea beak brooch

Kea beak brooch

This brooch was made from two kea bills by silversmith William McBride of Timaru, around 1905. At that time kea were not protected – in fact, they were killed for a bounty.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - Kea and people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/14012/kea-beak-brooch (accessed 21 July 2019)

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