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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal structure and function  >  Body systems  >  Integumentary system  >  Plumage

Woman's hat decorated with complete bird of paradise, 1948-49

This is a woman's brown felt hat that uses the whole body and feathers of a lesser bird of paradise from Irian Jaya as a decoration. The bird lies around one side of the hat, with one wing resting on the shallow crown. There are two small pearl-tipped metal hat pins on the crown, opposite the bird. The hat has a double ...


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


Käkäpö, preserved by taxidermy in 1992

This is a käkäpö ('Strigops habroptilus'), the giant nocturnal parrot native to New Zealand, that has been preserved by taxidermy and attached to a log to appear as it would in its natural habitat. The käkäpö has soft, light-green feathers flecked with black, with pale yellow-green feathers on its underside. This is a female ...


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.