Taxidermy, Brown Kiwi; RI.W2002.1369
Taxidermy, Brown KiwiAbout this object
A stuffed and mounted brown kiwi. We have not been able to identify which of the brown kiwi varieties this is; Southern Brown (Totoeka, found in the South Island) or Brown Kiwi (found in the North Island). There is an inscription in pencil on the base that reads 'D. C. Robertson, Riverton'. Cam Robertson was the Curator of the Wallace Early Settlers Museum 195-1973.
Kiwi are endemic to Aotearoa New Zealand; they cannot fly, have loose, hair-like feathers, strong legs and no tail. There are five species of kiwi: brown kiwi, great spotted kiwi/roroa, little spotted kiwi, rowi and tokoeka.
They are a taoka/taonga (treasure) species, having particular significance for Māori, who have strong cultural, spiritual and historic associations with kiwi. Their feathers are valued in weaving kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak) for people of high rank.
More information about kiwi can be found here:
'Department of Conservation: Kiwi'
'New Zealand Birds Online: Kiwi'
h 330 mm x l 360 mm x w 230 mmSubject and Association Keywords