My recording - New Zealand Ruru [Morepork Owl] 6th Nov 2016
Families and larger kinship groups recognised the existence of ancestral guardians (kaitiaki) that took the form of animals of different kinds. The guardians that warn of death are often owls (moreporks). They have different names. In NZ Northland, owl guardians are sometimes known as hine-ruru (owl woman). This bird has the power to protect, warn and advise. As well as appearing at night when someone is about to die, she may announce the imminent arrival of visitors. If she is seen flying ahead or walking along the road, she is usually there as a protector at a time of danger. If she flies straight in front of your path something is wrong. A high piercing call is bad news; an ordinary owl call is good news. Sometimes when there is death she will appear at a window, insistently beating her wings against the glass. Although owl guardians are not encountered as often as they once were, some people do still see them.