The Huia (Māori: [ˈhʉia]; Heteralocha acutirostris) was the largest species of New Zealand wattlebird and was endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. Its extinction in the early 20th century had two primary causes. The first was rampant overhunting to procure Huia skins for mounted specimens, which were in worldwide demand by museums and wealthy private collectors. Huia were also hunted to obtain their long, striking tail feathers for locally fashionable hat decorations.

Huia Painting by J. Keulemans from W. Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand * An extinct species of wattlebird from New Zealand. The last individual was sighted in Deforestation and over-hunting are thought to have lead to its extinction.

The Huia (Māori: [ˈhʉia]; Heteralocha acutirostris) was the largest species of New Zealand wattlebird and was endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. Its extinction in the early 20th century had two primary causes. The first was rampant overhunting to procure Huia skins for mounted specimens, which were in worldwide demand by museums and wealthy private collectors. Huia were also hunted to obtain their long, striking tail feathers for locally fashionable hat decorations.

Huia Painting by J. Keulemans from W. Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand * An extinct species of wattlebird from New Zealand. The last individual was sighted in Deforestation and over-hunting are thought to have lead to its extinction.

Huia

Huia - This uniquely beaked bird, once endemic to the North Island of New…

Huia  a native New Zealand bird glicee print by ellaCute on Etsy, $25.00

Huia a native New Zealand bird glicee print by ellaCute on Etsy (I just purchased :-) Very happy)

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New Zealand ecology - Wattlebirds, huia, Heteralocha acutirostris, extinct endemic bird

Nga huia, 1949 by E. Mervyn Taylor. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1950. Te Papa

Nga huia, 1949 by E. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Te Papa


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Huia - This uniquely beaked bird, once endemic to the North Island of New Zealand, became extinct in the early 20th century after museum demand for mounted specimens reached a peak. Due in part to the bird's popularity as a mascot and national symbol within New Zealand.

Huia - This uniquely beaked bird, once endemic to the North Island of New…

The huia became extinct because its feathers were prized by both Māori and Pākehā. Huia had 12 black tail feathers tipped with white. These could be worn singly, or the entire tail might be smoke-dried and worn in the hair. It is also recorded that huia tail feathers were used in ancient times to make a special kind of war headdress, the 12-feathered marereko. Huia feathers were so treasured that specially carved boxes called waka huia were made to store them safely.

The huia became extinct because its feathers were prized by both Māori and Pākehā. Huia had 12 black tail feathers tipped with white. These could be worn singly, or the entire tail might be smoke-dried and worn in the hair. It is also recorded that huia tail feathers were used in ancient times to make a special kind of war headdress, the 12-feathered marereko. Huia feathers were so treasured that specially carved boxes called waka huia were made to store them safely.

Female Huia, Heterolocha Acuitirostris

Female Huia, Heterolocha Acuitirostris

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