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Monthly Archives: May 2013
Look at how handsome he is. This is another New Zealand bird. His cry sounded like “a series of dismal shrieks frequently repeated”, or, alternately, as “a peculiar laughing cry, uttered with a descending scale of notes”. No one is … Continue reading
Live Action Birdwatching on Governor’s Island. This hawk swooped down and all the birds in the neighborhood said, ‘Uh, I’m leaving now.”
From New Zealand. The Maori prized their feathers and wore them in battle. They made jewelry, amulets and carved boxes especially to hold Huia feathers. They gave them to each other as tokens of friendship and of respect, and used … Continue reading
John Zorn named an album after this guy. They were a kind of honeyeater.
Generations of Hawaiian Royalty trapped Mamos and used their yellow rump feathers for ceremonial royal war cloaks. The Kings of Hawaii supposed ruled that anyone who trapped a Mamo was prevented from killing it, and were required to turn them … Continue reading
I’m still getting back in the swing of things.