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mutton bird

1. any of several shearwaters, having a dark plumage with greyish underparts, esp the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) of New Zealand, which is collected for food by Maoris. It inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in Australia and New Zealand Austral
2. any of various petrols esp the short tailed shearwater, Puffinus tenuirostris, which inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in S Australia
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(46) This was an extensive outline of muttonbirding and began by explaining that, 'Before we go on the mutton bird island we make baskets and get kelp bags'.
Catch The Mutton Birds at Aberdeen University on October 22, Dundee's West Port Bar the following night, and on October 24 in Glasgow at King Tuts.
Inside the Flapper and Firkin and, below, left to right, the exterior of the canalside pub, Will Adams, MD of the developers, and The Mutton Birds, who flew more than 11,000 miles from New Zealand to play at the venue FAMOUS Birmingham live rock and pop venue The Flapper has been given a 12-month stay of execution.
It's a lonely life, with trips to the mainland rare and only a donkey as a friend, but Fay is busy looking after her father and the other keeper and spends her free time wandering the island watching whales and mutton birds and sketching.
The Mutton Birds, also native to the Great Barrier Reef, are better behaved which is a good thing because about a million of them nest here in the breeding season.
Most upfront is The Stupidest Things, which boasts the insistent rhythm that the Mutton Birds did so well, while softy shuffling Born In The Sea seemingly inhabits a spaghetti western landscape.
That horrible truth dawned on New Zealand's Mutton Birds on a cold Saturday night in Wolverhampton, when a paltry turn out witnessed their first live show in the area since early 1999, and one that could be their last.
Kiwi rockers The Mutton Birds have had two albums going platinum on home turf.
New Zealand's Mutton Birds famously flew 1,200 miles to play a gig at the Flapper & Firkin, as it was previously known.
The latter, in particular, is a love song to die for, its addictive chorus rivalling The Rem-brandts' I'll Be There For You, The La's There She Goes and The Mutton Birds' Come Around.
Bic makes a guest appearance on the album, as does Ron Sexsmith who is a big fan of Alan's: "He knew a lot of the stuff my old band The Mutton Birds did and particularly liked a couple of the songs I'd written.