Not related to the Robins of the northern hemisphere, the Black Robin is a tiny completely black bird with a short bill, long thin legs and an upright stance.
World famous due to the desperate struggle for its survival, the Black Robin has a remarkable tale to tell. Due to loss of habitat and the impact of predators over many years, in 1979 their entire population was down to seven birds. They were obviously on the brink of extinction. Five of these birds including only one productive female, “Old Blue”, were transferred to a predator free island sanctuary where an effort to save the birds began.
With intensive management, patience and skill, and of course thanks to the reproductive efforts of “Old Blue”, the project succeeded and the Black Robin population is now around two hundred.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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