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The Tui. (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

The Tui. (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

The tui (Māori: tūī; Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand, and the only species in the genus Prosthemadera. It is one of the largest species in the diverse Australasian hon... more

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Fantails are small insectivorous birds of Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent belonging to the genus Rhipidura in the family Rhipiduridae.

The fantail. (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

The fantail. (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

The fantail or pīwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is 16 centimetres long, including its 8-centimetre tail. It weighs 8 grams. Most fantails are brown above and pale underneath. Their fan-like tail, usually held ... more

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor) is a species of wader in the family Haematopodidae. It is endemic to New Zealand. The Maori name is torea-pango.[2] They are also known as 'red bills'.[3].."Vari... more

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

A large white heron with a long yellow bill, long dark legs and a very long neck. When breeding, the bill becomes grey-black and long filamentous plumes develop, mainly on the back. In flight, the white heron t... more

Red-crowned parakeet.(Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae)

Red-crowned parakeet.(Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae)

The red-crowned parakeet or red-fronted parakeet, also widely known by its Māori name of kākāriki, is a small parrot from New Zealand. It is characterised by its bright green plumage and the red pattern on its head.

White heron, (Egretta alba modesta)

White heron, (Egretta alba modesta)

A rare bird.Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Ardea modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia, where it is known as the ... more

White heron, (Egretta alba modesta)

White heron, (Egretta alba modesta)

The white heron has always been rare in New Zealand and it has gained almost mythical status..It is revered by both Māori and pakeha for its elegant white feathers. This graceful bird has long, slender legs and... more

White-fronted tern (Sterna striata)

White-fronted tern (Sterna striata)

The white-fronted tern (Sterna striata) is the most common tern of New Zealand. It rarely swims, apart from bathing, despite having webbed feet. The species is protected...White-fronted terns feed in large floc... more

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

The white heron or kotuku is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen except by those who specifically seek it out. Its sole New Zealand breeding site near Okarito Lagoon in Westland is well-... more

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

The New Zealand fantail occurs in two colour morphs: pied and black. The adult pied fantail has a greyish head, prominent white eyebrows, brown back and rump, cinnamon breast and belly, white and black bands ac... more

Pied stilt. (himantopus.)

Pied stilt. (himantopus.)

The pied stilt is a dainty wading bird with, as its name suggests, black-and-white coloration and very long legs. It is common at wetlands and coastal areas throughout New Zealand and may be seen feeding alongs... more

The white-capped albatross (Thalassarche cauta steadi)

The white-capped albatross (Thalassarche cauta steadi)

The white-capped albatross (Thalassarche cauta steadi) is a mollymawk that breeds on the islands off of New Zealand. Not all experts agree that this form should be recognized as a separate species from the shy ... more

Destructive Kea NZ. (Nestor notabilis)

Destructive Kea NZ. (Nestor notabilis)

Meet the parrot that’s as smart as a monkey: New Zealand’s own kea. Dubbed the Clown of the Alps, this bird is heralded as the world’s most intelligent bird. It’s also heralded as the cheekiest. A permanent res... more

Blue duck/whio. (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)

Blue duck/whio. (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)

The blue duck/whio is only found in New Zealand. It is a nationally vulnerable species and faces a risk of becoming extinct...The blue duck is one of a handful of torrent duck species worldwide. It is a river s... more

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor, torea or toreapango) is found on rocky and sandy beaches. It is rare – there were around 3,500 birds in 1994, and they are found only in New Zealand..Also known ... more

NZ  South Island robin (Petroica australis)

NZ South Island robin (Petroica australis)

The South Island robin is a familiar bird to those who venture into the South Island back-country. It occurs in forest and scrub habitats, where it spends much time foraging on the ground, and can be recognised... more

White-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

White-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

White-faced herons occur throughout Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. They are a relatively new species in New Zealand, having self-introduced in the 1940s. From the 1950s onwards numbers have grown rapidl... more

Pied Stilt.(Himantopus himantopus)

Pied Stilt.(Himantopus himantopus)

The pied stilt is a dainty wading bird with, as its name suggests, black-and-white coloration and very long legs. It is common at wetlands and coastal areas throughout New Zealand and may be seen feeding alongs... more

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher is a large heavily-built shorebird. Adults have black upperparts, their underparts vary from all black, through a range of ‘smudgy’ intermediate states to white. They have a conspicuo... more

White-faced heron.(Egretta novaehollandiae)

White-faced heron.(Egretta novaehollandiae)

An Australian immigrant which began breeding in New Zealand only in the 1940s, the white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) has become the most populous heron in the country. Adaptable birds, they are equall... more

The kea (Nestor notabilis) NZ

The kea (Nestor notabilis) NZ

The kea is an unusual parrot. It is the only truly alpine parrot in the world, and gained early notoriety among settler farmers for attacks on their sheep. Innately curious, kea are attracted to people wherever... more

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

A rare bird.Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Ardea modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia, where it is known as the ... more

South Island robin (Petroica australis australis)

South Island robin (Petroica australis australis)

The New Zealand robin/toutouwai is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand...They are friendly and trusting, often coming to within a couple of metres of people. The people themselves are not always the ... more

Spotted shag. (Stictocarbo punctatus)

Spotted shag. (Stictocarbo punctatus)

The spotted shag/parekareka is a medium-sized, grey-blue marine shag with a long, slender bill and yellow-orange feet. Adult breeding birds have small black spots on their back and wings...Spotted shags/parekar... more

Kotuku, White heron,( Egretta alba modesta,)

Kotuku, White heron,( Egretta alba modesta,)

Kotuku, White heron, Egretta alba modesta,. ..A large white heron with a long yellow bill, long dark legs and a very long neck. When breeding, the bill becomes grey-black and long filamentous plumes develop, ma... more

Blue duck/whio. NZ

Blue duck/whio. NZ

The blue duck/whio is only found in New Zealand. It is a nationally vulnerable species and faces a risk of becoming extinct..The blue duck is one of a handful of torrent duck species worldwide. It is a river sp... more

The pied shag,(Phalacrocorax varius,)

The pied shag,(Phalacrocorax varius,)

Pied shags mainly inhabit coastal habitats about much of New Zealand. Adults have the crown, back of the neck, mantle, rump, wings, thighs and tail black, although on close inspection the upper wing coverts are... more

The white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron is New Zealand's most common heron, despite being a relatively new arrival to this country. It is a tall, elegant, blue-grey bird that can be seen stalking its prey in almost any aquatic h... more

Northern royal albatross,( Diomedea sanfordi,)

Northern royal albatross,( Diomedea sanfordi,)

The northern royal albatross is a huge white albatross with black upperwings. It usually mates for life and breeds only in New Zealand. Biennial breeding takes place primarily on The Sisters and The Forty-Fours... more

Red billed Gull. ( Larus scopulinus ). NZ

Red billed Gull. ( Larus scopulinus ). NZ

The red-billed is a native of New Zealand and is found throughout New Zealand, the Chatham Islands and Sub Antarctic islands...Animated gif of red billed gullThe red-billed Gull is small compared to other gull ... more

Yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)

Yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)

It is found only in New Zealand. They are found mostly on the southeast coast of the South Island, Stewart Island and on the subantarctic Campbell and Auckland Islands. Their numbers on the mainland have declin... more

White heron,( Egretta alba modesta),NZ.

White heron,( Egretta alba modesta),NZ.

A large white heron with a long yellow bill, long dark legs and a very long neck. When breeding, the bill becomes grey-black and long filamentous plumes develop, mainly on the back. In flight, the white heron t... more

Scaup NZ (Aythya novaeseelandiae)

Scaup NZ (Aythya novaeseelandiae)

New Zealand scaup are quite unlike any other resident duck species. Dark and squat with a rounded profile, they often occur in large flocks, floating with cork-like buoyancy. Scaup are diving ducks and spend a ... more

Pied shag (Phalacrocorax varius)

Pied shag (Phalacrocorax varius)

Almost as large as the black shag. Distinctively coloured, large black and white coloured seabird. Pied shags have a large and distinctive hooked beak. Breeds throughout New Zealand with colonies in macrocarpa ... more

Spotted shags (Stictocarbo punctatus) NZ

Spotted shags (Stictocarbo punctatus) NZ

Spotted shags (Stictocarbo punctatus) are best known for their striking breeding plumage, double crest and bright green facial skin. The pale grey front and light brown back and wings differ from the more commo... more

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor, torea or toreapango) is found on rocky and sandy beaches. It is rare – there were around 3,500 birds in 1994, and they are found only in New Zealand...Also known... more

Yellow-eyed penguin.

Yellow-eyed penguin.

Unique to New Zealand, the hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin, is thought to be one of the world's rarest penguin species...Yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho are found along the south-east South Island and on Banks Peninsu... more

Kereru. NZ Wood Pigeon.

Kereru. NZ Wood Pigeon.

The kererū is a large bird with irridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a smart white vest. The noisy beat of its wings is a distinctive sound in our forests...New Zealand status: Endemic.Conserva... more

Wax or silvereye. (Zosterops lateralis)

Wax or silvereye. (Zosterops lateralis)

The silvereye – also known as the wax-eye, or sometimes white eye – is a small and friendly olive green forest bird with white rings around its eyes..Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) were self introduced in the ... more

New Zealand Dotterel.

New Zealand Dotterel.

The New Zealand dotterel is a familiar bird of sandy east coast beaches in the northern North Island, but is sparsely distributed around much of the rest of the country. There are two widely separated subspecie... more

The Kea doing damage.

The Kea doing damage.

The kea is an unusual parrot. It is the only truly alpine parrot in the world, and gained early notoriety among settler farmers for attacks on their sheep. Innately curious, kea are attracted to people wherever... more

Kea and and the bike seat.

Kea and and the bike seat.

Kea are large parrots that live in the South Island high country, sometimes venturing down to valley floors. Their call is a ringing ‘keee-aa’. Playful and inquisitive, they can be destructive around ski fields... more

Northern NZ dotterel.

Northern NZ dotterel.

Dotterels are plump little birds that dart around on beaches and mudflats with a comical stop-start action. Internationally, the term plover is used interchangeably with dotterel. The Māori name tuturiwhatu inc... more

Parekareka, the spotted shag. NZ

Parekareka, the spotted shag. NZ

Compared with typical cormorants, the spotted shag is a light-coloured bird. Its back is brown. Its belly is pale blue-grey (often appearing white), and the white continues up the sides of the neck and face, bu... more

Silvereyes.NZ

Silvereyes.NZ

The silvereye or wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a very small omnivorous passerine bird of the south-west pacific. In Australia and New Zealand its common name is sometimes shortened to white-eye, but this nam... more

The southern black-backed gull. NZ

The southern black-backed gull. NZ

The southern black-backed gull (or ‘black-back’) is one of the most abundant and familiar large birds in New Zealand, although many people do not realise that the mottled brown juveniles (mistakenly called “mol... more

Pied stilts. NZ

Pied stilts. NZ

The pied stilt is a dainty wading bird with, as its name suggests, black-and white-colouration and very long legs. It is common at wetlands and coastal areas throughout New Zealand and may be seen feeding along... more

New Zealand bush robin.

New Zealand bush robin.

The New Zealand robin or toutouwai (Māori), (Petroica australis), is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand, where it has the status of a protected endemic species. The birds are sparsely distributed th... more

New Zealand Dotterel.

New Zealand Dotterel.

The New Zealand dotterel is a familiar bird of sandy east coast beaches in the northern North Island, but is sparsely distributed around much of the rest of the country. There are two widely separated subspecie... more

Kingfisher.

Kingfisher.

Kingfisher (kōtare).Our sacred kingfisher or kōtare is a cousin of the kookaburra in Australia. It’s ancestors flew here from Australia around 10,000 years ago..Don’t be fooled by the kingfisher’s name, because... more

New Zealand Dotterel.

New Zealand Dotterel.

The New Zealand dotterel is a familiar bird of sandy east coast beaches in the northern North Island, but is sparsely distributed around much of the rest of the country. There are two widely separated subspecie... more

Oyster catcher.

Oyster catcher.

The variable oystercatcher is a familiar stocky coastal bird with a long, bright orange bill, found around much of New Zealand. They are often seen in pairs probing busily for shellfish along beaches or in estu... more

Pukeko NZ

Pukeko NZ

Pūkeko is the New Zealand name for the purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio). There are many subspecies of purple swamphen...The subspecies found in New Zealand (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) is thought to hav... more

Kea Alpine parrot

Kea Alpine parrot

The New Zealand kea is an endemic parrot found in the South Island's alpine environments...Kea are a protected species. They are rated as one of the most intelligent birds in the world. ..To survive in the hars... more

White fronted terns.NZ

White fronted terns.NZ

The white-fronted tern is the most common tern on the New Zealand coastline, at times occurring in flocks of many hundreds or even thousands of birds. It is mainly a marine species that is seldom found far from... more

White Faced Heron.

White Faced Heron.

The white-faced heron is New Zealand's most common heron, despite being a relatively new arrival to this country. It is a tall, elegant, blue-grey bird that can be seen stalking its prey in almost any aquatic h... more

Blue duck. (Whio) NZ

Blue duck. (Whio) NZ

This species is an endemic resident breeder in New Zealand, nesting in hollow logs, small caves and other sheltered spots. It is a rare duck, holding territories on fast flowing mountain rivers. It is a powerfu... more

Shoveler Duck NZ

Shoveler Duck NZ

The male shoveler is New Zealand's most handsome duck, with variegated plumage, blue-grey head with a white vertical stripe between the eye and bill, a striking reddish-brown breast, and blue wings. Nature has... more

Scaup   NZ  (Daffy Duck)

Scaup NZ (Daffy Duck)

The New Zealand scaup or pāpango is a short, round diving duck. The male is glossy dark brown and black with yellow eyes. The female is dark brown and often has a vertical white band at the base of the bill. Th... more

Silvereyes at the feeder.

Silvereyes at the feeder.

The silvereye is a common small songbird immediately recognisable by its distinctive white eye-ring. It has olive-green plumage on the head, lower back and upper tail, and mid-grey on the hindneck, sides of nec... more

Silvereye. Lumix  FZ200

Silvereye. Lumix FZ200

The silvereye colonised New Zealand from Australia in the 1850s, and is now one of New Zealand’s most abundant and widespread bird species. It is found throughout New Zealand and its offshore and outlying islan... more

A pair of Pied  Shags.NZ

A pair of Pied Shags.NZ

Pied shags mainly inhabit coastal habitats about much of New Zealand. Adults have the crown, back of the neck, mantle, rump, wings, thighs and tail black, although on close inspection the upper wing coverts are... more

Female Shell Duck.NZ

Female Shell Duck.NZ

Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head..Paradise sheldu... more

Silvereye. NZ

Silvereye. NZ

The silvereye or wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a very small omnivorous passerine bird of the south-west pacific. In Australia and New Zealand its common name is sometimes shortened to white-eye, but this nam... more

The White Heron (Kotuku) NZ

The White Heron (Kotuku) NZ

A rare bird..Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Ardea modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia, where it is known as the... more

South Island Bush Robin.NZ

South Island Bush Robin.NZ

The South Island robin is a familiar bird to those who venture into the South Island back-country. It occurs in forest and scrub habitats, where it spends much time foraging on the ground, and can be recognised... more

Pied Shag NZ.

Pied Shag NZ.

The Australian Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the Pied Cormorant or Pied Shag, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia..One-third of t... more

NZ Scaup.

NZ Scaup.

Scientific Name:.Aythya novaeseelandiae.General Information:.The New Zealand scaup, or papango, is an expert diver. Its legs are positioned towards the back of its body, which makes them clumsy on land but stro... more

Worlds only Alpine Parrot. Kea NZ.

Worlds only Alpine Parrot. Kea NZ.

The kea is an unusual parrot. It is the only truly alpine parrot in the world, and gained early notoriety among settler farmers for attacks on their sheep. Innately curious, kea are attracted to people wherever... more

The Variable Oystercatcher

The Variable Oystercatcher

The Variable Oystercatcher or Torea-pango is endemic to New Zealand. It is one of 3 oystercatchers that breed in New Zealand, the others being the Chatham Island Oystercatcher which is also endemic and the (Sou... more

Black backed gulls.(Larus dominicanus,)

Black backed gulls.(Larus dominicanus,)

Also known as the Dominican Gull, the Black-backed Gull is familiar and widespread around NZ, as they are in other parts of the southern Hemisphere. They are very good at adapting their diet to their environme... more

Bush Robin NZ

Bush Robin NZ

Bush Robin...New Zealand robins and tomtits resemble British robins, but the two groups are not closely related. The New Zealand species belong to the Australian–New Guinean family Petroicidae... ..Robins and t... more

Saddle Back NZ

Saddle Back NZ

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Black backed gull.

Black backed gull.

The southern black-backed gull (or ‘black-back’) is one of the most abundant and familiar large birds in New Zealand, although many people do not realise that the mottled brown juveniles (mistakenly called “mol... more

Shoveler Duck NZ

Shoveler Duck NZ

The Shoveler is characterised by a long, narrow body that floats low in the water. It has a distinctive heavy, blue-black shovel-tipped bill, a low sloping forehead and a golden eye. In breeding plumage, its he... more

Paradise Duck with young.

Paradise Duck with young.

The paradise shelduck is a freshwater and a coastal duck. All ducklings readily take to water, but young paradise shelduck are not afraid to venture out into small surf. They have been seen surfing in on tiny... more

The Tui.NZ

The Tui.NZ

Tūī are unique (endemic) to New Zealand and belong to the honeyeater family, which means they feed mainly on nectar from flowers of native plants such as kōwhai, puriri, rewarewa, kahikatea, pohutukawa, rātā an... more

Yellow eyed penguin.

Yellow eyed penguin.

The yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho (Megadyptes antipodes) is named for its yellow iris and distinctive yellow headband...Adults are grey-blue in colour, with a snow-white belly and pink feet...Yellow-eyed penguin in... more

Spotted Shag NZ

Spotted Shag NZ

The spotted shag is one of two yellow-footed shag species, both of which are endemic to New Zealand. Adult breeding birds are elegant and colourful, sporting a Mohican-like double crest, bright green-blue facia... more

NZ Black Shag.

NZ Black Shag.

A large black shag with black-brown wings and tail, and white-cream feathering over cheeks and throat. The skin about the eyes and base of bill is yellow, feet and legs black, bill grey, and eyes green. Adults ... more

Paradise shelduck. (male)

Paradise shelduck. (male)

The paradise shelduck (Tadorna variegata) is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. It is a shelduck, a group of large goose-like birds which are part of the bird family Anatidae. The genus name Tadorn... more

Kea.NZ Alpine parrot.

Kea.NZ Alpine parrot.

Population: 1000–5000.Threat status: At risk.Found in: Alpine environments of the South Island.Did you know: The world’s only alpine parrot, the kea is renowned for its intelligent and inquisitive nature. Kea n... more

Pied Shag.

Pied Shag.

This large black-and-white shag is often seen individually or in small groups roosting on rocky headlands, trees or artificial structures. In regions where it occurs it can usually be readily seen about harbour... more

Silver eye.

Silver eye.

The silvereye or wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a very small omnivorous passerine bird of the south-west pacific. In Australia and New Zealand its common name is sometimes shortened to white-eye, but this nam... more

White heron. (Egretta alba modesta)

White heron. (Egretta alba modesta)

A rare bird..Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Egretta alba modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia. With a long, slen... more

New Zealand Scaup.(Aythya novaeseelandiae)

New Zealand Scaup.(Aythya novaeseelandiae)

The New Zealand scaup or pāpango is a short, round diving duck. The male is glossy dark brown and black with yellow eyes. The female is dark brown and often has a vertical white band at the base of the bill. Th... more

The variable oystercatcher. FZ200

The variable oystercatcher. FZ200

Variable oystercatchers breed most commonly on sandy beaches, sandspits, and in dunes, but will use a wide variety of coastal habitat types, including shell banks, rocky shorelines, and less often gravel beache... more

Silver eye.(Zosterops lateralis )

Silver eye.(Zosterops lateralis )

Also known as wax-eye or white-eye, Zosterops lateralis belongs to the widespread family Zosteropidae. New Zealand possesses one species which is a relatively recent arrival in this country from Australia. Perm... more

Shoveler duck.(Anas rhynchotis variegata,)

Shoveler duck.(Anas rhynchotis variegata,)

Shovelers swim with their bill submerged, sieving food from the water surface, and even through mud. The peculiar broad bill is predominant as soon as the chick is hatched...The shoveler's sifting apparatus is... more

Fantail NZ

Fantail NZ

Known for its friendly ‘cheet cheet’ call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland...It is easily recognized... more

Shoveler Duck.FZ200

Shoveler Duck.FZ200

The male shoveler is New Zealand's most handsome duck, with variegated plumage, blue-grey head with a white vertical stripe between the eye and bill, a striking reddish-brown breast, and blue wings. Nature has... more

Kea wing colours.

Kea wing colours.

As kea fly overhead, they show flashes of the bright red and orange under their wings. Seen from above, their colours are duller – probably to avoid attracting the attention of birds of prey...The kea’s topside... more

Pied Shag.

Pied Shag.

The Australian Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the Pied Cormorant or Pied Shag, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia

New Zealand Bush Robin.

New Zealand Bush Robin.

The New Zealand Robin or Toutouwai (Māori), Petroica australis, is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand, where it has the status of a protected endemic species. The birds are sparsely distributed thro... more

New Zealand Scaup

New Zealand Scaup

The New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) commonly known as a Black teal, is a diving duck species of the genus Aythya. It is endemic to New Zealand..They are a diving duck and may stay down for twenty to ... more

Australasian Crested Grebe.

Australasian Crested Grebe.

The handsome Australasian crested grebe belongs to an ancient order of diving water birds found on every.continent in the world. It is renowned for its mating displays and the way young grebes ride among plumag... more

White faced heron.

White faced heron.

The white-faced heron is New Zealand's most common heron, despite being a relatively new arrival to this country. It is a tall, elegant, blue-grey bird that can be seen stalking its prey in almost any aquatic h... more

Pukeko. (Porphyrio porphyrio).

Pukeko. (Porphyrio porphyrio).

The Pukeko, or New Zealand Swamp Hen is a member of the rail family, and is similar to other species found all over the world. It is one of the few New Zealand native birds to have flourished since the arrival ... more

Blue Duck (Whio),

Blue Duck (Whio),

Blue-grey with a flecked chestnut breast, the whio blends into its rock and water environment, often hiding in overhanging vegetation on the banks where it roosts and nests...The whio has large, webbed feet to ... more