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Metal Bird - Kārearea, NZ Falcon

The Karearea might be our most threatened bird of prey, but that doesn’t hold them back because they are relentless. From high vantage points this fast-flying raptor launches into a dramatic chase after its live prey. When nesting on the ground they are known for attacking intruders, including humans, with aggressive dive-bombing strikes to the head. Not the ones you see feeding on roadkill, both our male and female native Falcons can be identified by a handlebar moustache. It’ll make a mighty powerful impression to your backyard.

This Karearea measures approx. 30x34cm 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."