5. “Notes on late Additions to the Museum,”
New exhibits at the Colonial Museum include a fine specimen of the king penguin, from Macquarie Island; groups
of the orange-and blue-wattled crows, with albinos of both species (Glaucopis cinereus and G. wilsonii), a specimen of the very rare New Zealand snipe, from the Auckland Islands; a godwit (kuaka), a dabchick, and a bell-bird, from the Auckland Islands; and a diving-petrel, from Antipodes Island.
Explaining the exhibits to the Philosophical Society, Sir James Hector said the bell-birds had in the past ten years greatly diminished—probably because of the spread of the humble-bee, which entered into competition in obtaining honey from flowers. At the Auckland Islands, however, the bell-bird now existed in large numbers. A peculiar feature about the godwit was that every second year it went to Siberia to do its nesting. He urged that every effort should be made to preserve the New Zealand snipe, which was becoming very rare indeed. This bird, he said, was one of the smartest game-birds that could be got. It retained all the characteristics of the English snipe—flew in a zig-zag manner, was difficult to shoot, and afforded capital sport.