Our Birds - Tatou Manu
Our special Bird of the Year Honeywrap is designed by Indigo from The Paper Rain Project and features five of our most endangered NZ birds.
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Here are our pics. Leading with Kakaruia - slightly biased as we are their campaign manager!
Kakaruia (Black Robin): Conservation status: In serious trouble
This bird once eyeballed extinction but has since made an almighty comeback. Once it had five birds to its name, now it numbers 250 birds. So all of today's kakaruia are descendants of the last breeding pair, Old Blue (f) and Old Yellow (m). This amazing turn-around modeled new fostering programmes to save other endangered birds around the world.
Kakapō: Conservation status: In serious trouble.
Our most exquisitely perfumed bird. It’s like its feathers have been dipped in a musky array of essential oils that could come straight from a Middle Eastern perfumier. We’re all cheering as it waddles back from the brink of extinction. The kākāpō was even endorsed by Stephen Fry. More info here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kakapo/
Rock hopper penguin Conservation status: In trouble.
Kea: Conservation status: In trouble.
The kea is a truly special bird, the world’s only alpine parrot, and winning Bird of the Year in 2017. These cheeky creatures socialise on prominent rocky outcrops and windy saddles. These quick learners were in some trouble after targeting farms, but they have received full protection since 1986, and their reputation is improving.More info here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kea/
Hihi (Stitchbird) Conservation status: In trouble.
This rare little bird has a most colourful love life. They’re the only bird known to mate face to face. The common name of this bird is believed to come from their high-pitched zit tzit whistle. They have a curved bill and a long tongue that is used to reach deeply into flowers to brush nectar to eat. To support these birds, nectar feeders and artificial nest boxes are sometimes added to the forest.
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