We have received a letter from a frustrated listener, Brian in Wellington, who has been keen for us to play the huia as one of our birdcalls. Unfortunately no recording of the huia exists but Nga Taonga Sound and Vision does have a recording made in 1949 by Henare Hāmana who mimics the different calls of the extinct huia bird. Mr Hāmana had been a member of an expedition in 1909 that tried unsuccessfully to find any remaining huia in the North Island bush. The recording is Nga Taonga Sound and Vision’s most requested item. So for you, Brian, here’s the male huia’s call, as remembered by Henare Hāmana.