Birds

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Blue Duck

Whio are listed as nationally vulnerable with populations falling in unprotected areas.

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Yellowhead

Möhua are found only in beech forests with fertile soils where they can find plenty of food.

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Kea

Kea, the well known, cheeky, high country, South Island parrot, is one of the world's most intelligent birds.

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Yellow-Crowned Parakeet

Yellow-crowned Parakeet

Kakariki are common on some predator-free islands and some valleys in east Fiordland and west Otago.

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South Island Kaka

South Island Kaka

Kaka are large parrots that are mainly limited to a few forest strongholds in the central North and South Islands.

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Rifleman

Tītipounamu are New Zealand's smallest birds. They live in high altitude beech forests and near rocky outcrops.

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South Island Robin

Toutouwai are sparrow sized and enjoy forests with dense, even canopies and ground covered with leaf litter.

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Rock Wren

Pīwauwau are small, ground-feeding birds found only in the Southern Alps of the South Island.

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Long-tailed Bat

Pekapeka, NZ’s only native land mammal, shelter on trees in temperate rainforests forming colonies in tree cavities.

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Banded Dotterel

Tuturiwhatu have disappeared from many New Zealand sites, including those where the habitat has changed little.

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Black-billed Gull

Black-billed Gull

Tarāpuka, the most threatened gull species in the world, is New Zealand's only endemic gull.

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Black-fronted Tern

Black-fronted Tern

Tarapirohe breed only on the braided riverbeds of the eastern and southern South Island.

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Wrybill

Wrybill

Ngutuparore breed exclusively on braided riverbeds. The population of 5000 - 5500 is thought to be declining slowly.

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