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Metal Bird - Long-Tailed Bat

Tiny, endangered pekapeka-tou-roa (long-tailed bat) came under the cover of darkness and took Bird Of The Year 2021!

Not much bigger than your thumb, this chestnut brown mini mammal (ok, not a bird, but…wings!) weighs the same as a $2 coin and feeds at speed – taking moths, mosquitoes and beetles at up to 60 kilometres per hour. Once common, this wee pekapeka now has the highest threat ranking and is so rare we don't know how many are left.

30% of sales will help Forest & Bird’s efforts to save this flying furball.

This Pekapeka-Tou-Roa measures approx. 21x30cm including branch. Made from 3mm Corten® steel, and designed to rust into a beautiful patina.

Metalbird, Auckland

Metalbird is the brainchild of Phil Walters, an industrial designer and lover of street art and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Metalbird started as a guerrilla street art project, all over New Zealand’s North Island, Metalbird stencils appeared. In parks, in fences and on power poles.

His handcrafted artworks bring together his passions: the tough, 3mm Corten® steel and stencil design, a nod to his urban art roots. "Our designs represent some of New Zealand’s most precious birdlife. Art isn’t just something you see on a gallery wall – it can be the way the light shines through a coloured window or the splash of spray-paint on a city overpass."