The Birds Ngā Manu

Antarctic tern

Antarctic tern

Photo by Colin MisKelly

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Asiatic whimbrel

Asiatic whimbrel

Photo by Michael L. Baird. Creative Commons

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Australasian little grebe

Australasian little grebe

Photo by Keith Lightbody, Creative Commons

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Bar-tailed godwit

Bar-tailed godwit

Photo by Ian Kirk. Creative Commons

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Black robin

Black robin

Photograph by Don Merton. Crown Copyright 2004, Department of Conservation

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Black swan

Black swan (Kakianau)

Photograph by Tony Wills, Creative Commons

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Black-browed mollymawk

Black-browed mollymawk

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Black-fronted dotterel

Black-fronted dotterel

Photo by Neil Fitzgerald

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Blackbird

Blackbird

Photograph by Tony Wills. Creative Commons.

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Buller's mollymawk

Buller's mollymawk (Toroa)

Photograph is Crown Copyright. Department of Conservation.

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California quail

California quail

Photograph by Neil Fitzgerald.

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Canada goose

Canada goose

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Cape Barren goose

Cape Barren goose

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Chatham Island mollymawk

Chatham Island mollymawk (toroa)

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Chukor

Chukor

Photograph by Neil Fitzgerald.

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Cirl bunting

Cirl bunting

Photo by Paco Gomez, Creative Commons

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Curlew sandpiper

Curlew sandpiper

Photo by Niel Fitzgerald

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Dunnock

Dunnock

Photo by Chris Paul. Creative Commons

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Eastern curlew

Eastern curlew

Photo by Dick Daniels, Creative Commons

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Gentoo penguin

Gentoo penguin

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Glossy ibis

Glossy ibis

Photo by Geoff Gallice, Creative Commons

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Great knot

Great knot

Photo by JJ Harrison, Creative Commons

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Greater sand plover

Greater sand plover

Photograph by Christopher Watson. Creative Commons.

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Grey plover

Grey plover

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Grey-headed mollymawk

Grey-headed mollymawk

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Grey-tailed tattler

Grey-tailed tattler

Photo by Alpsdake, Creative Commons

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Hākoakoa

Hākoakoa (skua)

Photograph by Don Merton. Crown Copyright 2000, Department of Conservation

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Hihi

Hihi (stitchbird)

Photograph by Dick Veitch. Crown Copyright 1980, Department of Conservation.

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Hōiho

Hōiho (yellow-eyed penguin)

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Hutton's shearwater

Hutton's shearwater

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Japanese snipe

Japanese snipe

Photo by Niel Fitzgerald.

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Kāhu

Kāhu (Harrier)

Photograph by Jason Searle, Creative Commons

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Kaireka

Kaireka (Skylark)

Photo by Niel Fitzgerald

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Kākā

Kākā (forest parrot)

Photograph by Ross Henderson. Crown Copyright 2004, Department of Conservation.

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Kākāpō

Kākāpō (night parrot)

Photograph by Niels Huibers.

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Kākāriki

Kākāriki (red-crowned parakeet)

Photograph by Niels Huibers.

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Kakaruai

Kakaruai (South Island robin)

Photo by Niel Fitzgerald.

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Kāki

Kāki (Black stilt)

Photo by Yang Zhang, Creative Commons

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Karearea

Karearea (New Zealand falcon)

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Karoro

Karoro (black-backed gull)

Photograph by Peter Morrison. Crown Copyright 1960, Department of Conservation.

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Karuhiruhi

Karuhiruhi (pied shag)

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Kawau

Kawau (king shag)

Photo by Liam Quinn, Creative Commons

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Kawau

Kawau (Stewart Island shag)

Photo by Jum Scarff, Creative Commons

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Kawau paka

Kawau paka (Little shag)

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Kawau tikitiki

Kawau tikitiki (spotted shag)

Photograph by Brian D. Bell. Crown Copyright 1966, Department of Conservation.

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Kawau tūi

Kawau tūi (Little black shag)

Photo by Brett Donald, Creative Commons

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Kea

Kea (mountain parrot)

Photograph by Menno Huibers.

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Kereru

Kereru (wood pigeon)

Photograph by Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

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King penguin

King penguin

Photograph by Samuel Blanc. Creative Commons.

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Kiwi - (great spotted)

Kiwi - (great spotted)

Photograph by Rod Morris. Crown Copyright 1975, Department of Conservation.

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Kiwi - (little spotted)

Kiwi - (little spotted)

Photograph by C.D. Roderick.. Crown Copyright 1980, Department of Conservation.

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Kiwi - (North Island brown)

Kiwi - (North Island brown)

Photograph courtesy of Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust.

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Kiwi - (Okarito brown)

Kiwi - (Okarito brown) (Rowi)

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Koekoea

Koekoea (long-tailed cuckoo)

Photograph by J.L. Kendrick. Crown Copyright 1978, Department of Conservation.

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Koitareke

Koitareke (Marsh crake)

Photo by Jason Girvan, Creative Commons

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Kōkako

Kōkako (blue-wattled crow)

Photograph by Rogan Colbourne. Crown Copyright 1977, Department of Conservation.

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Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Korimako

Korimako (bellbird)

Photograph by Glen Fergus. Creative Commons.

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Kororā

Kororā (little penguin)

Photo by Craig McKenzie

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Kororā

Kororā (white-flippered penguin)

Photograph by R. Roscoe

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Kōtare

Kōtare (Sacred kingfisher)

Photo by Dave Young, Creative Commons

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Kotuku

Kotuku (white heron)

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Kotuku ngutupapa

Kotuku ngutupapa (Royal spoonbill)

Photo by Craig McKenzie

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Kūaka

Kūaka (diving petrel)

Photograph by JJ Harrison. Creative Commons.

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Laysan albatross

Laysan albatross

Photograph by Dick Daniels. Creative Commons.

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Lesser sand plover

Lesser sand plover

Photograph by JJ Harrison. Creative Commons.

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Little owl

Little owl

Photograph by Sid Mosdell, Creative Commons

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Little tern

Little tern

Photo by Agustin Povedano, Creative Commons

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Macaroni penguin

Macaroni penguin

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Mallard

Mallard

Photograph by Menno Huibers.

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Matata

Matata (South Island fernbird)

Photo by Niel Fitzgerald.

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Matuku

Matuku (White-faced heron)

Photo by Jörg Hempel, Creative Commons

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Matuku hūrepo

Matuku hūrepo (Australasian bittern)

Photograph by Dick Veitch. Crown Copyright 1964, Department of Conservation.

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Matuku moana

Matuku moana (reef heron)

Photo by Niel Fitzgerald

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Mohua

Mohua (yellowhead)

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Mottled petrel

Mottled petrel

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Myna

Myna

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Nankeen night heron

Nankeen night heron

Photo by Christopher Watson, Creative Commons

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Ngutuparore

Ngutuparore (wrybill)

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Northern royal albatross

Northern royal albatross

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Pacific golden plover

Pacific golden plover

Photograph by JJ Harrison. Creative Commons.

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Pahirini

Pahirini (chaffinch)

Photograph by Neil Fitzgerald.

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Pakaha

Pakaha (fluttering shearwater)

Photograph by Neil Fitzgerald.

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Pārera

Pārera (Grey duck)

Photo by Kristina DC Hoeppner, Creative Commons

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Pāteke

Pāteke (Brown teal)

Photo by Neil Fitzgerald

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Peafowl

Peafowl

Photograph by Menno Huibers.

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Pectoral sandpiper

Pectoral sandpiper

Photo by Andreas Trepte, Creative Commons

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Pipipi

Pipipi (brown creeper)

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Pīpīwharauroa

Pīpīwharauroa (shining cuckoo)

Photograph by digitaltrails.

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Pīwakawaka

Pīwakawaka (fantail (South Island))

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Pīwakawaka

Pīwakawaka (North Island fantail )

Photograph by Niels Huibers.

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Poaka

Poaka (Pied stilt)

Photo by Hans Hillewaert, Creative Commons

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Popokatea

Popokatea (Whitehead)

Photograph by Roger South.

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Pūkeko

Pūkeko (swamp hen)

Photograph by Menno Huibers.

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Pūtangitangi

Pūtangitangi (paradise shelduck)

Photograph by Rod Morris. Crown Copyright 1993, Department of Conservation.

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Puteketeke

Puteketeke (Australasian crested grebe)

Photo by Craig McKenzie

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Pūweto

Pūweto (Spotless crake)

Photo by Colin MisKelly

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Red-capped dotterel

Red-capped dotterel

Photograph by JJ Harrison. Creative Commons.

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Redpoll

Redpoll

Photo by Mark Medcalf. Creative Commons

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Riroriro

Riroriro (grey warbler)

Photograph by J.L.Kendrick. Crown Copyright 1969, Department of Conservation.

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Rockhopper penguin

Rockhopper penguin

Photo by Liam Quinn, Creative Commons

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Rook

Rook

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Ruddy turnstone

Ruddy turnstone

Photo by Hans Hillewaert, Creative Commons

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Ruru

Ruru (morepork)

Photograph by Heather Abbott.

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Ruru on Kawau Island

Ruru on Kawau Island

Photograph by Kahuroa for the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust.

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Salvin's mollymawk

Salvin's mollymawk (Toroa)

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Sharp-tailed sandpiper

Sharp-tailed sandpiper

Photo by Neil Fitzgerald

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Snares crested penguin

Snares crested penguin

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Song thrush

Song thrush

Photograph by Tony Wills. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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Southern royal albatross

Southern royal albatross (Toroa)

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Southern skua

Southern skua

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Sparrow

Sparrow

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Spotted dove

Spotted dove

Photograph by JJ Harrison. Creative Commons.

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Spur-winged plover

Spur-winged plover

Photograph by JJ Harrison. Creative Commons.

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Starling

Starling

Photograph by Dick Veitch. Crown Copyright 1979, Department of Conservation.

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Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Photo by Dick Daniels, Creative Commons

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Takahē

Takahē

Photograph is Crown Copyright. Department of Conservation.

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Tākapu

Tākapu (gannet)

Photograph by Chris Smuts-Kennedy. Crown Copyright. Department of Conservation. 1976.

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Tara

Tara (white-fronted tern)

Photograph by Adam Mark Lenny. Creative Commons.

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Tarānui

Tarānui (Caspian tern)

Photograph by Peter Morrison. Crown Copyright 1960, Department of Conservation.

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Tarapirohe

Tarapirohe (black-fronted tern)

Photograph by Rod Morris. Crown Copyright 1982, Department of Conservation.

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Tarāpunga

Tarāpunga (red-billed gull)

Photograph by Tony Wills.

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Tauhou

Tauhou (silvereye)

Photograph by Niels Huibers.

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Te Ata Kōrihi

Te Ata Kōrihi (the dawn chorus)

The sound of dawn in the forests, bushes and parks of New Zealand.

Terek sandpiper

Terek sandpiper

Photo by Alpsdake, Creative Commons

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Three Kings bellbird

Three Kings bellbird (Korimako)

Photograph by Peter Southwood. Creative Commons.

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Tīeke

Tīeke (North Island saddleback)

Photograph by Duncan Wright.

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Tīeke

Tīeke (South Island saddleback)

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Tītī

Tītī (muttonbird)

Photograph by Rod Morris. Crown Copyright 1980, Department of Conservation.

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Tītī wainui

Tītī wainui (fairy prion)

Photograph by Rod Morris. Crown Copyright 1976, Department of Conservation.

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Tōrea

Tōrea (South Island pied oystercatcher)

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Tōrea pango

Tōrea pango (variable oystercatcher)

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Tōrea tai

Tōrea tai (Chatham Island oystercatcher)

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Toutouwai

Toutouwai (North Island robin)

Photograph by Neil Fitzgerald.

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Tūī

Tūī (parson bird)

Photograph by Dick Veitch. Crown Copyright 1967, Department of Conservation.

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Tūturiwhatu

Tūturiwhatu (New Zealand dotterel)

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Tuturuatu

Tuturuatu (New Zealand shore plover)

Photograph by Alan Tennyson.

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Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross (Toroa)

Photograph by Mark Jobling. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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Wandering tattler

Wandering tattler

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Warou

Warou (Welcome swallow)

Photo by Niel Fitzgerald

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Weka - North Island

Weka - North Island (woodhen)

Photograph by Neil Fitzgerald.

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Weka - Stewart Island

Weka - Stewart Island (woodhen)

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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Whio

Whio (Blue duck)

Photo by Craig McKenzie

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White-capped mollymawk

White-capped mollymawk (Toroa)

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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English to Māori key

  • Australasian bittern - matuku
  • Bellbird - korimako
  • Black-backed gull - karoro
  • Black-fronted tern - tarapirohe
  • Blue-wattled crow - kōkako
  • Buller's mollymawk - toroa
  • Brown creeper - pipipi
  • Caspian tern - tarānui
  • Chatham Island oystercatcher - tōrea tai
  • Dawn chorus - te ata kōrihi
  • Diving petrel - kūaka
  • Fantail - pīwakawaka
  • Fairy prion - tītī wainui
  • Fluttering shearwater - pakaha
  • Forest parrot - kākā
  • Gannet - takapu

  • Grey warbler - riroriro

  • King shag - kawau 

  • Little penguin - kororā
  • Long-tailed cuckoo - koekoea

  • Morepork - ruru
  • Mountain parrot - kea
  • Muttonbird - tītī
  • Night parrot - kākāpō
  • North Island robin - toutouwai
  • Paradise shellduck - pūtangitangi
  • Red-billed gull - tarāpunga
  • Royal albatross - toroa
  • Saddleback - tīeke
  • Spotted shag - kawau pateketeke
  • Shining cuckoo - pīpīwharauroa
  • Silvereye - tauhou
  • Skua - hākoakoa
  • Stitchbird - hihi
  • Parson bird - tui
  • Wandering albatross - toroa
  • Woodhen - weka
  • White-fronted tern - tara
  • Yellow-eyed penguin - hōiho
  • Yellowhead - mohua
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English to Māori key

  • Australasian bittern - matuku
  • Bellbird - korimako
  • Black-backed gull - karoro
  • Black-fronted tern - tarapirohe
  • Blue-wattled crow - kōkako
  • Buller's mollymawk - toroa
  • Brown creeper - pipipi
  • Caspian tern - tarānui
  • Chaffinch - pahirini
  • Chatham Island oystercatcher - tōrea tai
  • Dawn chorus - te ata kōrihi
  • Diving petrel - kūaka
  • Fantail - pīwakawaka
  • Fairy prion - tītī wainui
  • Fluttering shearwater - pakaha
  • Forest parrot - kākā
  • Gannet - takapu

  • Grey warbler - riroriro

  • King shag - kawau 

  • Little penguin - kororā
  • Long-tailed cuckoo - koekoea

  • Morepork - ruru
  • Mountain parrot - kea
  • Muttonbird - tītī
  • New Zealand shore plover - tuturuatu
  • Night parrot - kākāpō
  • North Island robin - toutouwai
  • Oystercatcher (South Island pied) - tōrea
  • oystercatcher (variable) tōrea pango
  • Paradise shellduck - pūtangitangi
  • Red-billed gull - tarāpunga
  • Royal albatross - toroa
  • Saddleback - tīeke
  • Spotted shag - kawau pateketeke
  • Shining cuckoo - pīpīwharauroa
  • Silvereye - tauhou
  • Skua - hākoakoa
  • Stitchbird - hihi
  • Parson bird - tui
  • Wandering albatross - toroa
  • Woodhen - weka
  • White-fronted tern - tara
  • Yellow-eyed penguin - hōiho
  • Yellowhead - mohua
  • Wrybill - ngutuparore

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Ian Kirk - (CC BY 2.0)

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