Photograph, Harvesting Tītī; Trow, Morris; 2003; BL.TT45
Photograph, Harvesting TītīAbout this object
This photograph shows a young Jason Wilhelmson harvesting tītī - the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus), or muttonbird as it is widely known.
Muttonbirding, the practice of collecting the chicks from the bird's burrows, is one of the few remaining large-scale harvests of petrel species in the world and is culturally important, especially for Southern Māori.
Harvesting these birds is a practice only available to descendants of Rakiura Māori between the 1st April and 31st of May, on the islands around Stewart Island.
More information about the practice of muttonbirding can be found at Te Ara.
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