Tītī is a delicacy, with its unique flavour often showcased in traditional Māori dishes.
The tītī muttonbird, or sooty shearwater, is a captivating seabird known for its striking dark brown plumage adorned with silvery-white wing markings. But here's the fascinating part: muttonbirding. This time-honoured tradition is an exclusive right of Rakiura Māori from Rakiura Stewart Island and their descendants, occurring annually in April and May.
The birds live on the islands scattered around Rakiura, the Tītī/Muttonbird Islands. These islands are not permanently inhabited; during muttonbirding season, families come together, travelling by boat and helicopter to the islands. They work day and night to catch and process as many chicks as possible.
Tītī have been harvested for food, as a trade item, and for their feathers and down. Tītī is a delicacy enjoyed by locals, with its unique flavour often showcased in traditional Māori dishes. The name 'muttonbird' comes from their supposedly mutton-like taste.
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