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Original painting SOLD, acrylic on canvas, 300 x 300mm, 2015
Print sizes and editions (limited to 275)
- Regular archival paper - 300 x 300mm
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- Sofia Minson creates your exclusive signed print
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The story of Kōkako
The kōkako is an endemic New Zealand wattlebird, closely related to the extinct huia. The North Island kōkako has bright blue wattles, while the supposedly extinct South Island kōkako has orange or yellow wattles and is known today as the Grey Ghost. Rare sightings are still occasionally reported.
Māori myth tells of the kōkako giving demi-god Maui water to quench his thirst as he fought to slow the racing sun with strong ropes, to bring longer days to the world. The kōkako filled its wattles with water and brought it to Maui, who rewarded the kōkako by making its legs long and slender, enabling the bird to bound through the forest with ease in search of food.
There are fewer than 400 pairs of North Isalnd kōkako that occur in isolated populations in mature podocarp-hardwood forests.
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