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Feathers of upland moa

This is a set of seven feathers from the extinct upland moa ('Megalapteryx didinus'). They were collected by R A Falla in 1947, when he was the director of the Dominion Museum (forerunner to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) in Wellington. He probably collected them from a cave in Takahe Valley in Fiordland National ...

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Feather fossil

This is a colour photograph of a feather fossilised in mudstone. This specimen is from the Koonwarra fossil bed in the South Gippsland region of Victoria. This fossil shows detail of the feather structure, including the central shaft and attached barbs.

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Hawaiian feather cloak ('ahu 'ula)

This is a feather cloak given to Captain James Cook by a Hawaiian high chief at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii on 26 January 1779. It measures 1.54 m x 2.45 m and is made from the yellow and red feathers of an estimated 20,000 mamo, o'o and i'iwi birds. It consists of a fibre backing into which bundles of feathers have been tied. ...

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Hawaiian feathered helmet (mahiole)

This is a feather helmet from Hawaii that was given to Captain James Cook on the beach at Kealakekua Bay in January 1779. It is made from the yellow and red feathers of the mamo, o'o and i'iwi birds. The framework of the helmet is made from the tough aerial roots of the 'ie'ie plant. A net of olona fibres is laid over this ...