As comebacks go, the story of the Chatham Island Black Robin has to go down in history as the comeback of all time. In 1979 we were down to five specimens, only one of which was an egg laying female 'Old Blue'. All credit to the Wildlife Service for intervening & establishing a breeding program. Today there are over 250 descendants all directly related to Old Blue and long may they continue on the rise.
Black robins live in woody vegetation, beneath the canopy of trees. They spend a lot of time in the lower branches of the forest in order to shelter from strong winds or they're afraid of heights, which of us can truly say?!
Metalbirds are made from Corten® which is designed to rust. This gives them long term protection against the elements, and a beautiful patina that shifts with the season. This means paint won’t stay on for long. If you want to add colour to them, then we recommend having them professionally powder coated. It's easily hammered into most wooden structures and will rust to a deep brown. The hammering of a steel ‘peg’ into a tree will not do any damage to it. It may cause the tree to lose some sap in the short term but will not do any medium or long term damage to it.
All Metalbirds we stock at Blackbird Corner are made in Melbourne, Australia.