Resembling owls, only nine species of Owlet-Nightjars still exist worldwide. Nocturnal, secretive, the Owlet-Nightjar is rarely seen and information regarding its habits is sparse.
New Zealand’s sole member of the Owlet-Nightjar family is now extinct although some unsubstantiated reports of a small owl-like bird being sighted have been made up to the mid 20th century. A weak flyer, possibly flightless, it lived in caves in dense forested areas. Prey was invertebrates, frogs and lizards, which it foraged at night.
Once widespread throughout New Zealand, its time of extinction is argued by experts but it is generally accepted as being in the 19th century with its demise due to predation by Pacific rats.
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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