Mutton bird

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(Zool.) the Australian short-tailed petrel (Nectris brevicaudus).

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39) In the introduction to his analysis of diaries kept by his great-grandmother, Ani Maaka (nee Haberfield), on a Titi Island in 1902, Haami wrote, not unreasonably, that muttonbirding was the most culturally Maori part of her life in southern Murihiku.
There are however at least two examples of Kai Tahu Little Folks; both wrote about muttonbirding.
In terms of the letter's contents, Dot remarked that muttonbirding was indeed a 'rough experience' and agreed that five weeks of it would be enough to last a lifetime.
Muttonbirding was a subject close to his heart, as he had fond memories of months spent 'birding' as a child on the Furneaux Islands with the rest of the Aboriginal community, and was a muttonbird gourmet.
As a girl, Aunty Ida did her fair share of work: ploughing, marking lambs and dipping them, catching a kangaroo or two, muttonbirding, bringing in the cows and rounding up the ducks, fencing, growing vegetables, getting firewood, threshing grass to get seed; but her first paid job was snaring and skinning kangaroos, drying them and sending the bundle off to Melbourne.
Encouraged by Rhys, ANH supported another muttonbird project that Darrell undertook in conjunction with the RSPAS photographers, documenting and video-recording muttonbirding by the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.