Kowhai

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Kōwhai lives in the forest and her home is in the furry part at the top of a ponga tree. 

 

She helps the birds find lovely soft materials to line their nests and keep their eggs warm.  She makes her clothes from the flowers of the Kōwhai tree, and is friends with the birds and butterflies who come to drink the nectar from the flowers.  Sometimes the birds give her feathers to say thank-you for helping them make such cosy nests for their babies. 

 

When Kōwhai is tired she flutters to the top of a tall ponga tree, tucks her toes in and curls up into little ball, just like a koru.  If you are very careful, when you put your hand inside a ponga tree, you can feel Kōwhai curled up inside, fast asleep.