Huia's Honour - Framed original colour pencil drawing
Huia have been extinct since the early 1900s. Their extinctintion is believed to have been caused by loss of habitat due to deforestation and by hunting as their tail feathers were prized by Maori. The group of 12 feathers from a huia's tail was called a mareko, and was worn by high chiefs going into battle. Huia feathers were kept in a carved wooden box called a waka huia.
The huia is a magpie-sized bird with orange wattles and a white-tipped tail, black plumage with an iridescent green/blue sheen and the females ( like this one) had a long curved beak which could be u p to 10 cm long.
This artwork also features a giant weta.
Original Pencil Drawing
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