Predators

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Black-backed gull

One of only two native bird species not afforded any level of protection under the Wildlife Act, they are predators and scavengers.

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Feral Cat

Feral cat

Feral cats live in the wild and are not stray or owned. Black stilt, wrybill and black-fronted terns are greatly impacted by cat predation in braided riverbeds.

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NZ birdlife predator the Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are a major predator on eggs of riverbed breeding birds such as banded dotterel and black-fronted tern and kill and eat chicks of many ground-nesting birds.

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Mice NZ predator

Mouse

Mice are a key food source for stoats and feral cats in the New Zealand bush. When conditions are right and there is plenty of food, their numbers increase rapidly.

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Possum

Possum

They are a major threat to our environment and are widespread in New Zealand. Their own predators do not have much effect on controlling possum numbers.

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Rat

Rat

Three species of rats live in New Zealand. All of them are introduced pests and threaten the long-term survival of native species.

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Stoat Gravel HR2

Stoat

Stoats are devastating for New Zealand birds. They are voracious and relentless hunters, said to have only two reasons for living – to eat and reproduce.

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birdlife threat Weasel

Weasel

Weasels are predators of native birds, eggs, lizards and insects. They will tackle a prey much larger than themselves and nesting birds are easy targets.

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