Bird snare perch, 'mutu kaka'

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Bird snare perch, mutu kaka, circa 1890
New Zealand, North Island

Donated by Miss Gilroy, 1940
Museum number 1940-404-2

This simple device was an effective method of snaring inquisitive parrots or kaka using tame birds, mokai. The mokai were held on the perch using a leg ring and the wild parrots were caught when they alighted alongside them.

Bird snare perch, 'mutu kaka'
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