These sticks are made of coconut wood and decorated with the downy read feathers plucked from the head and breast of the scarlet-colored honey-eater bird (myzomela carnalis). They have been used as currency in the Eastern Solomon Islands and are often worm in the hair during ceremonies as a display of wealth.
The birds were not killed. The sap of the mulberry tree was spread on a branch. This attracted the bird and it got stuck there. Some of its feathers were plucked and then the bird was released.
Personally collected Firebird Voyage
16"H x 10"W x 3"D