Sooty Shearwater (Tītī), Taxidermy ; Puffinus griseus
Sooty Shearwater (Tītī), TaxidermyIdentified By
Puffinus griseusAbout this object
This is a taxidermy specimen of a muttonbird with wings outstretched, affixed to a base made of a piece of driftwood.
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 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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h 180 mm x w 925 mm x d 460 mmSubject and Association Keywords
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