Ancient colossal penguin bones discovered in Otago
What do you do when you discover what is possibly the largest penguin ever? You name it after your mum. This is what Curator Vertebrates Alan Tennyson – who has a paper on the discovery out today – did.
Kingdom of the Birds: An Expedition to Solander Island
The remote Snares Islands are teeming with rare wildlife – including tomtits, albatross, and penguins. They seldom have human visitors. In late 2013, four Te Papa scientists spent two weeks on the Snares, carrying out a range of seabird and plant research projects.
Over-looked for a century: Macquarie Island shag added to the New Zealand list
‘Presumably no-one bothered to check till now whether Ogilvie-Grant knew one shag from another.’ Curator Colin Miskelly shares his research resulting in the addition of a new (or old) bird to the official New Zealand bird list.
North Island Kākā, Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis, collected 20 November 2001, Whirinaki Forest Park (Map V18), New Zealand. Gift of the Department of Conservation, 1987. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (OR.026927)
In photos: Giant eggs, tiny eggs, and the eggceptionally rare
Bird expert Colin Miskelly highlights some of the treasures in our egg collection, including those thought to be held only by Te Papa – as well as giant moa eggs, tiny rifleman eggs, and eggs that were acquired during dramatic events in New Zealand’s conservation history.