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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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-browed mollymawk

Black-browed mollymawk

Photograph by Colin Miskelly. NZ Birds Online.

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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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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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Dunnock

Dunnock

Photo by Chris Paul. Creative Commons

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Gentoo penguin

Gentoo penguin

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Greater sand plover

Greater sand plover

Photograph by Chris 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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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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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 Menno Huibers

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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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Kawau

Kawau (king shag)

Photograph by C.D. Roderick. Crown Copyright 1963, Department of Conservation.

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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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Kea

Kea (mountain parrot)

Photograph by Jens Bludau. Creative Commons.

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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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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 blue penguin)

Photograph by JJ Harrison. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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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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Macaroni penguin

Macaroni penguin

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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Mallard

Mallard

Photograph by Menno Huibers.

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Matuku hūrepo

Matuku hūrepo (Australasian bittern)

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

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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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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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Peafowl

Peafowl

Photograph by Menno Huibers.

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Pipipi

Pipipi (brown creeper)

Photograph by Craig McKenzie.

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Pīpīwharauroa

Pīpīwharauroa (shining cuckoo)

Photo by James Niland, Creative Commons

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Pīwakawaka

Pīwakawaka (fantail)

Photograph by Dave Crouchley. Crown Copyright 1982, Department of Conservation.

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Pūtangitangi

Pūtangitangi (paradise shelduck)

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

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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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Rook

Rook

Photo by Alan Tennyson

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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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Snare's crested penguin

Snare's 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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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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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 Brett Donald. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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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.

Three Kings bellbird

Three Kings bellbird (Korimako)

Photograph by Peter Southwood. Creative Commons.

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Tīeke

Tīeke (saddleback)

Photograph by Duncan Wright.

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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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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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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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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

Photo credits

Adam Mark Lenny - (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Alan Tennyson - used with permisson

Christopher Watson - (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Colin Miskelly - used with permission

Craig McKenzie - used with permisson

Department of Conservation - used with permisson

Dick Daniels - (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Duncan Wright - (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ian Kirk - (CC BY 2.0)

JJ Harrison - (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Menno Huibers - used with permission

Neil Fitzgerald - used with permission

Samuel Blanc - (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Tony Wills - (CC BY-SA 3.0)