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Black Stilt

30% of the proceeds from this Metalbird go directly to BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme.

Black Stilt

$79.95
30% of the proceeds from this Metalbird go directly to BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme.

Lifetime Quality Guarantee

Easy Return Process

Flat $9.95 FedEx Freight Or Free $150+

$79.95

Lifetime Quality Guarantee

Easy Return Process

Flat $9.95 FedEx Freight Or Free $150+

With its entire body and bill coloured a beautiful charcoal black, with the exception of two long red legs, there is something gently striking about the Black Stilt, even at a distance. Found in New Zealand, the black stilt is one of the rarest birds in the world, with fewer than 200 in existence. With a sleek, dusky body, large soulful eyes and a jet black tapering bill, sightings are rare and precious. Though it once delicately picked its way across the entire country, it is now confined to a small patch of wetlands in the South Island, where tireless conservation efforts have worked hard to prevent its extinction. 

The perfect gift for anyone with a gentle, soulful nature, a fondness for black, or anyone who wants to make a difference. 

Thanks to intensive management of wild and captive populations and wetland habitats, numbers are now on the increase, but fewer than 200 remain, and the situation is urgent. 30% of the proceeds from this Metalbird goes to Preventing Extinctions, a BirdLife International programme dedicated to preventing endangered birds from disappearing altogether

Our Black Stilt is:

 18.5 inches high by 13.0 inches wide (exl. the branch), approximately 16oz
 Easy to send - our large boxes measure 16"x 13"x 1/4", designed to fit in a postal mailer
 Same day dispatch on orders placed before 2pm on weekdays
 Made locally in a family-owned factory, right here in the US
Crafted from 1/8-inch Corten steel and designed to last a lifetime
 Easy to install holding on a downwards angle simply tap the thickest end of the stake with a hammer or mallet until secure

 

Our birds are designed with 1/8-inch CorTen steel to form a protective patina that deepens and strengthens with the seasons. This patina will deepen in shade over the years until it reaches a deep brown/charcoal black hue.

This self-sealing aspect of CorTen steel provides a quality guarantee of up to 100 years, ensuring that our product lasts a lifetime and remains completely corrosion resistent.

What might initially resemble generic rust is simply the air and water-tight patina forming over a six month period, so don’t panic! Your Metalbird is doing exactly what it’s been designed to do, and this patina will protect the steel from any further damage and disintegration.

CorTen steel does not require any treatments, oils or chemical additives and is therefore extremely environmentally friendly.

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"With fewer than 200 birds left, New Zealand’s kakī are on the edge of extinction. These all-black, long-legged waders are icons of the MacKenzie Basin in the Southern Alps. Kakī mate for life, and make their nests among the gravel and stones of braided rivers. Here, they are threatened by introduced predators like stoats, habitat destruction due to developments and invasive weeds, and human disturbance. A Kakī Recovery Programme, spearheaded by the Department of Conservation, is working to bring kakī back from the brink. Intensive management, including captive breeding, has grown the kakī population from just 23 birds in 1981. There are now 37 breeding pairs, up from four in 1999. Collaborative efforts to control predators and protect habitat will hopefully enable kakī to thrive in the wild again."

Ellen Rykers from Forest and Bird

THE CRITICALS COLLECTION

Our Criticals Collection is a range of 5 extremely endangered birds, thoughtfully designed and personalised by our amazing artists. Not every one of these five bird species has an organisation looking out for it, so the best way to help is to donate to places that have the largest impact. We want the funds to do the maximum amount of good, for the largest range of endangered birds, and we’re confident Preventing Extinctions can pull that off.

As some of these birds have chillingly small populations of between 80-250 worldwide, our Criticals Collection will release only 300 of each bird, making them rare and unique objects. With 30% of all profits going directly to ‘Preventing Extinctions’, we would love you to be a part of this, because believe it or not, birds are very close to our hearts.

Lesser Florican

Philippine Eagle

Balearic Shearwater

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Black Stilt

How does BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions programme make an impact?

This year, BirdLife celebrates their 100th anniversary. A century on, BirdLife is a global voice for nature. They work with 117 partners around the globe, with a legacy of protecting the natural world. You can be part of that legacy.

Our planet is in the midst its sixth mass extinction event, with climate change, habitat destruction and other human activities devastating the diversity of life on the planet. But while the crisis is undeniably urgent, there’s also hope. Humans may create huge challenges – but with enough support, dedication and resources, we can also reverse them.

There are some particularly shining examples in the bird world. Their flagship report, State of the World’s Birds, finds that 25 bird species have been rescued from the Critically Endangered category since 2000 thanks to conservation action. And that’s not counting the 21-32 bird species that would have vanished altogether without intervention.

Many of these recoveries were made possible with the help of BirdLife’s Preventing Extinction Programme. Underpinned by their science, they work by pairing ‘species champions’ – individuals or organisations that provide funding – with ‘species guardians’ – often BirdLife Partners – who can make the action happen on the ground. To date, the programme has benefited at least 483 threatened bird species.

MADE WITH PREMIUM 1/8 INCH CORTEN STEEL

Over the years we’ve tried everything in our quest to find the perfect Metalbird material and believe Corten Steel is it. Corten Steel or ‘Weathering Steel’ is used in high-end exterior architecture, for good reason. Exposed to the elements, within weeks it develops a patina that seals the steel and preserves it for decades. It also leaves a beautiful even coloring that will get darker over the years.

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THE ORIGINAL METALBIRD

When we started this company in 2009, it was one man’s art project that swiftly took on a life of its own (you could even say it had wings.) As Metalbird expanded in size and scope, our ambitions and values grew alongside it. We were always committed to sustainable practices, to bird conservation and supporting local economies, but as we grew larger, these ideas became a driving force for us. It was no longer just about making beautiful metal birds, it was about building a better world to put them in.

Their time is running out, and we need your help.

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