THE HUIA AS A FAIRWAY DRIVER
The ‘Huia’ will fast become a favourite in your bag, providing consistent medium to long range straight shots with a gentle fade. The added glide will mean that you can sneak some extra distance with your tunnel shots and the blunt nose means you won’t lose control if it hits a pocket of wind. If you enjoy throwing forehand shots you will notice the slightly deeper rim helping you grip the disc. Watch the video above to see our disc expert, Jackson Sullivan, review the Huia.
- Model #: DGFD1
- PDGA Approved: Yes
- Diameter: 212mm
- Weight: 155-176g
- Speed: 7
- Glide: 5
- Turn: 0
- Fade: 2
- Plastic types: Cosmic / Atomic / Strata / Glow
THE HUIA – THE EXTINCT NZ WATTLEBIRD
The Huia is an extinct species of New Zealand wattlebird, endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. The last confirmed sighting of a huia was in 1907, although there was a credible sighting in 1924.
It was already a rare bird before the arrival of Europeans, confined to the Ruahine, Tararua, Rimutaka and Kaimanawa mountain ranges in the south-east of the North Island. It was remarkable for having the most pronounced sexual dimorphism in bill shape of any bird species in the world. The female’s beak was long, thin and arched downward, while the male’s was short and stout, like that of a crow. Males were 45 cm (18 in) long, while females were larger at 48 cm (19 in). The sexes were otherwise similar, with orange wattles and deep metallic, bluish-black plumage with a greenish iridescence on the upper surface, especially about the head. The tail feathers were unique among New Zealand birds in having a broad white band across the tips.
The birds lived in forests at both montane and lowland elevations – they are thought to have moved seasonally, living at higher elevation in summer and descending to lower elevation in winter. Huia were omnivorous and ate adult insects, grubs and spiders, as well as the fruits of a small number of native plants. Males and females used their beaks to feed in different ways: the male used his bill to chisel away at rotting wood, while the female’s longer, more flexible bill was able to probe deeper areas. Even though the huia is frequently mentioned in biology and ornithology textbooks because of this striking dimorphism, not much is known about its biology; it was little studied before it was driven to extinction.
The huia is one of New Zealand’s best-known extinct birds because of its bill shape, its sheer beauty and special place in Māori culture and oral tradition. The bird was regarded by Māori as tapu (sacred), and the wearing of its skin or feathers was reserved for people of high status. *info sourced from Wikipedia