The last huia

By Rebecca Priestley In Health, Science

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25th February, 2006
In Te Papa's Awesome Forces exhibit, a pair of glass-eyed huia perch on sticks and peer blindly out of a museum cabinet filled with other native birds. It's both exciting and sad to see two of the country's few display specimens of this now-extinct bird, with its large black body, orange wattle and white-tipped tail feathers. In camphor-filled metal cabinets in the back rooms of Te Papa - and at the Auckland, Canterbury and Otago museums - lie dozens of huia skins. These preserved, eviscerated birds, with beaks stretched out and wings tucked in, lie alongside skins from other extinct ...

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