Create an image of your favourite manu (bird) Waihangatia tētahi mātātuhi o tō tino manu

Birds are an iconic part of Aotearoa. What’s your favourite bird from New Zealand? Create an image of it! The manu

  manubirdMāori | noun
can be extinct or living.

Remember to show us! #TePapaWhānauChallenge


Collections Online 

There are thousands of images of birds on Collections Online. Most you can download in high-resolution! Search your favourite bird and see what you can discover.

See how artists have portrayed birds in the art collection

For more artworks, search ‘bird’ and then filter by ‘art’ and ‘with images’ on Collections Online.

Painting of a moa


North Island Giant Moa. Dinornis novaezealandiae. From the series: Extinct Birds of New Zealand, 2005, by Paul Martinson. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (2006-0010-1/17)

Birds Online

Birds Online is an amazing resource which has all of the birds both living and extinct found in New Zealand. You can look through thousands of photos, see where the birds live/lived, and even hear what they sound like!

Watch videos about manu


Model maker Jake Yocum and curator vertebrates Alan Tennyson explain the science and process that went into recreating a full-size model of the huge extinct Haast’s eagle, pouākai.

Why do we keep specimens?: Scientist, Andrew Stewart explains why museums keep specimens.

Making life-size moa skeletons: Moa are the tallest birds ever known, and were completely unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. See how the Te Papa team overcame the challenges of putting male and female moa skeletons on display.

See how an albatross is taxidermied: See how taxidermist Peter Wells worked on two albatross, mounted in their mating ritual display.

Filming the elusive kiwi in the 1940s: Bird expert, Colin Miskelly, comments on recently rediscovered 1940s footage of a kiwi, and explains how far wildlife documentaries have come in the last 70 years.

See how others took on the challenge!