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Since the arrival of man 1000 years ago, much of New Zealand's native forest has been lost - combined with hunting by early settlers this extinguished entire species of endemic birds - an astounding third of the land-based birds, like the moa, giant Haast's eagle, piopio and huia - and left others floundering. 73 of New Zealand's native bird species on the World Conservation Union's 'red list' of species threatened with extinction. But New Zealand is also a world leader in bringing species back from the brink of extinction - like the Takahe, which 'disappeared' for 50 years until small numbers were rediscovered in the mountains of Fiordland in 1948. Birds like the Saddleback and the flightless parrot Kakapo have been transferred to offshore island sanctuaries to build up new populations, protected from predatory mammals like possums and stoats.

The recovery of the Chatham Island Black Robin is a world-renowned success story. In 1980 there were five birds remaining - today, after moving the only breeding pair to a pest-free island, there are 250 robins in existence.

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North Island Saddleback

North Island Saddleback © Ian Merrill

Showing the 26 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Seabirding in New Zealand by Duncan Poyser (many photos) , author Surfbirds Admin (link created September 11, 2004)

New Zealand (and Hawaii), April - May 1998, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

New Zealand Trip Report, 24th November - 14th December 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

New Zealand, 9th September - 20th October 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

New Zealand, 9th - 30th November 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

New Zealand, 9th November - 3rd December 2001 (many photos), author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

Kaikoura, South Island, April 1995 , author Surfbirds Admin (link created September 11, 2004)

New Zealand endemic and scarce birds - 10 Dec 2006 - 7 Jan 2007, author Greg Baker (added March 5, 2007)
(North Island, South Island, Stewart Island)

ABA New Zealand Jan 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created June 13, 2017)
(Stewart Island, Campbell Island, Aukland Island, Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand, Southern Royal Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Paradise Shelduck, Kaka, Campbell Island Snipe, Auckland Island Snipe)

New Zealand: North & South Islands - March - April 2015 with Singapore stop-over, author Pete Aley (added July 27, 2015)
(Four species of Kiwi, Rock Wren, Black Stilt, Fairy Tern, Blue Duck, Stitchbird, Kokako, Albatrosses, Wrybill, North and South Island Saddlebacks, Morepork, New Zealand Falcon, Yellowhead, New Zealand Pipit, Rifleman, Penguins, dolphins and whale.)

New Zealand - December 2013 - January 2014 , author Helen Kerr (added July 16, 2015)
(Tui, Wandering Albatross )

North Island, New Zealand - 18th - 27th June 2005, author Frank Rheindt (added July 14, 2005)

New Zealand: 1st to 22nd November 2010, author Ian Merrill (added January 30, 2011)
(North Island Brown, Okarito Brown, Stuart Island Brown and Little Spotted Kiwis, New Zealand Storm-Petrel, New Zealand Falcon, Alpine Rock Wren, Yellowhead, Kokako)

New Zealand Dec. 2008, author Roger Wolfe (link created January 29, 2008)
(New Zealand, seabirds, birds, birding trip report, albatross)

New Zealand - 9th November to 4th December 2006, author Steve Arlow (added January 20, 2007)

New Zealand - November 2005, author Ray Wilson (link created January 19, 2006)
(North Island, South Island, Stewart Island & pelagics (including New Zealand Storm-petrel) - illustrated with over 200 photos.)

New Zealand (Auckland & Northland) 21st - 25th March 2008, author Frank Hemmings (added February 5, 2009)
(TiriTii Matangi, Waitangi, Trounson ParkMangere)

South Island, New Zealand - 18th December 2013 - 2nd January 2014, author Oscar Campbell (link created February 3, 2014)
(Having visited NZ a few years previously I was able to concentrate on filling a few gaps, relaxing, enjoying the scenery and, mainly, revelling in the sensational seabirds)

New Zealand, Saturday 23 November - Thursday 12 December 2002, author The Travelling Naturalist (link created February 3, 2005)

New Zealand: 18 November - 8 December 2018, author Catherine McFadden (added December 30, 2018)
(North, South and Stewart Islands; 57 endemics including 4 kiwi species)

New Zealand November 2nd - December 2nd 2005, author Ruth Stewart (added December 27, 2005)

New Zealand - 15th December 2006 -14th January 2007, author Svend Linderström (added December 15, 2007)

New Zealand, 18th December 2003 – 4th January 2004, author Graham Talbot (added December 15, 2004)

New Zealand - North Island - April 2018, author Chris Seaton (added August 18, 2019)
(Endemics and seabirds)

New Zealand: the Sub-Antarctic Islands: 9th November – 3rd December 2013, author Jon Hornbuckle (added April 15, 2014)
(Northern Island Brown and Little Spotted Kiwis, 9 penguin species, 14 albatrosses, 9 Pterodroma species including Magenta )

Western Pacific Cruise (New Zealand to Japan), author Gail Mackiernan (added April 12, 2012)
(Auckland, Tauranga, Bay Of Isles [all New Zealand], Noumea [ New Caledonia], Honiara [Guadalcanal], Rabaul [New Britain], Yap, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, Nagasaki, Kobe.)

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