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Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross...

Fri, 22/12/2017
Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.
New Zealand's Bird of the Year, the Kea, has been uplisted to Endangered © Mark Hurrell

Red List 2017: seabirds starving, songbirds...

Tue, 12/12/2017
PRESS RELEASE: overfishing and climate change are pushing seabirds such as Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet closer to extinction, according to the latest update on the conservation status of the world’s birds by BirdLife International for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
Northern Brown Kiwi population is stabilising, and in some areas even estimated to be growing © Neil Robert Hutton

Stars of the Red List: two kiwi species are no...

Tue, 05/12/2017
Not one, but two of New Zealand’s kiwi species are in recovery thanks to nearly 30 years of egg rearing, predator control, and community devotion.
An Endangered Yellow-eyed Penguin found dead in the net of a fishing trawler © Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand

Tangled and drowned: new study links penguin...

Thu, 30/11/2017
Every year, an estimated 400,000 seabirds worldwide are killed after getting unintentionally snared in gillnets while diving for food. A new review highlights that even penguins – the master swimmers of the avian world – aren’t safe from their clutches, and pinpoints where the threat is most acute.
Australasian Bittern, Ohiwa. © Neil Robert Hutton

Seeking the elusive "Swamp Boomers" of...

Mon, 24/07/2017
On a small lake in central Hawke’s Bay, the quest is on to find one of New Zealand’s least understood species before it vanishes forever.
Little Penguin © Richard Robinson

Little Blue neighbours

Thu, 06/07/2017
They can be found nesting on people’s doorsteps, or quite literally underneath them. Meet the world's smallest penguins, unwillingly urban birds who are being given new homes by local volunteers
New Zealand's Endangered penguin species: Yellow-eyed © Richard Robinson

Yellow eyes a warning

Wed, 05/07/2017
Look directly into the eyes of an Endangered species. Work by Forest & Bird on land is helping the Yellow-eyed Penguin, but threats at sea are very worrying
Fiordland Penguin "Tawaki" © Richard Robinson

Penguins of the remote rainforest

Tue, 04/07/2017
Grab a kayak, hiking boots and become an expert at crawling through rocks if you want to discover New Zealand's hidden Fiordland Penguins, or "tawaki". But why are they going hungry?
A Little Penguin runs underneath a parked car while returning to its nest in Oamaru, New Zealand. © Richard Robinson

The unusual urban lives of New Zealand's...

Mon, 03/07/2017
Tucked away in rainforests, rocky crevices or under parked cars, these hidden (and not-so-well-hidden) birds are having a rough ride. Welcome to New Zealand, home to one third of the world’s penguins
© Patrick Phelps

Protecting Tawaki, the rainforest penguin

Wed, 21/06/2017
Fiordland Penguins, also known as Tawaki, are about to arrive on New Zealand’s West Coast beaches.
Un kea, ave endémica de la zona alpina de la Isla Sur en Nueva Zelanda © Dave Buckton

En búsqueda del único loro alpino (y carnívoro)...

Fri, 14/04/2017
Hay que ser muy sigiloso para ver a un kea en su hábitat natural. Kimberley Collins nos cuenta su aventura de cuando salió en búsqueda del único loro alpino del mundo.
Un nestor kéa © Dave Buckton

La recherche du seul perroquet alpin (et...

Thu, 13/04/2017
On doit être ingénieux pour attraper un nestor kéa dans la nature. Kimberley Collins raconte comment elle a passé des jours à rechercher le seul perroquet alpin au monde.
Black Petrel chick, Little Barrier Island © Dan Burgin

Lessons from Little Barrier Island

Mon, 27/03/2017
Our Cook Islands’ BirdLife Partner Te Ipukarea Society shares their lessons learned about seabird conservation during a recent visit to Little Barrier Island, NZ.
Kea, the world's only alpine parrot © Dave Buckton

The hunt for the world's only alpine (and...

Fri, 10/03/2017
You need to be sneaky if you want to catch a Kea in the wild. This is how Forest & Bird are searching for the world’s only alpine parrot in Nelson Lakes NP, New Zealand.
Kākāpō © Shane McInnes

The guardians of the Kākāpō Kingdom

Mon, 12/12/2016
Being a kākāpō ranger is a bit like looking after a celebrity’s child. This is what life is like when you're tasked with protecting one of the world's rarest parrots.

Meeting of BirdLife’s Pacific partners showcases...

Wed, 30/11/2016
The 2016 BirdLife Pacific Partnership meeting was a celebration of the work and successes of the partners in defending and restoring nature
Predator Free New Zealand (Logo by Tim James)

New Zealand free of Invasive Predators by 2050?

Thu, 28/07/2016
In perhaps the most ambitious conservation project ever proposed, the New Zealand Government has thrown its weight behind eradicating rats, mustelids and possums from New Zealand by 2050. The introduction of these species has devastated the native flora and fauna - especially the birds.. .