non NZ birds mistakenly shown as NZ birds....

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Clinton9
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Re: non NZ birds mistakenly shown as NZ birds....

Postby Clinton9 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:52 pm

These people are poorly educated people with no knowledge about our native birds.

Our NZ kingfishers are beautiful and colourful, with blue, dark green, golden plumages, and larger than Eurasian kingfishers.




andrewcrossland wrote:Hi folks,

I've just been reading back through these posts and much of the use of the wrong bird has either to do with unknowledgeable people doing something like a google search and simply getting the wrong species, or artists who are clearly painting from images not from real life. But the example that CMKM Stephens pointed out back in his post of 25 Jan reaches a whole new level of crazy!......

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/n ... tare-mural

I mean, really?! That's a "Kotare"?.

I mean from the sizeable group of people involved with this project and who worked together to put these two mural birds up on the wall so their community could build some greater affiliation with nature, was there not one of them who even knew what a kotare actually looks like? Maybe that's a pretty revealing indictment on something in this country that ain't quite working - a sense of affiliation with our indigenous wildlife without actually having any familiarity with it??.......

Here are the 2 kingfishers in the mural in case you missed them: They are absolutely awesome paintings, simply gorgeous, but they're of a species of bird that lives thousands of miles away on another continent!

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And check out the design on the matching jackets!
Someone in Wellington needs to sensitively and quietly have a friendly chat with these guys - maybe just substitute the word kingfisher for kotare and paint an actual kotare on a nearby wall?
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Re: non NZ birds mistakenly shown as NZ birds....

Postby Finn Davey » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:37 pm

Not a non NZ bird, but pretty outrageous

https://www.visitzealandia.com/About/Wi ... Black-Shag

On Zealandia's website, they have a page for Black Shag but it has a photo of a Juvenile Little Shag.
I've even contacted them about it... MONTHS AGO!!!
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Re: non NZ birds mistakenly shown as NZ birds....

Postby andrewcrossland » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:59 am

.....and back to dodgy gulls................. Another one in a CHCH suburban newspaper advert..............

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Re: non NZ birds mistakenly shown as NZ birds....

Postby Finn Davey » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:30 am

This one's from an old article.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/3 ... land-shoot

From when Taylor Swift was putting NZ Dotterels in danger from a music video shoot.
But the BBC didn't even mention what species of dotterel it was (a NZ Dotterel) they just called it Dotterel and then they've gone and used a picture of a Eurasian Dotterel!

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Re: non NZ birds mistakenly shown as NZ birds....

Postby RussCannings » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:47 am

Have been meaning to add this one for a while. Not NZ, but from a former protectorate (Samoa). Bought this fridge magnet there while on holiday a few years ago. Not only does it have a creepy smile and beady little rhinestone eyes, but it's clearly a Northern Cardinal (which does not exist in Samoa). In their defense, I'm assuming this is supposed to be a 'Cardinal Myzomela' (Now 'Samoan Myzomela) but someone clearly messed up! (Northern Cardinal is feral on the Hawaiian Islands, but still...)
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