Copyright © 2006-10 Kaipara Branch, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. All rights reserved

Copyright © 2006-10 Kaipara Branch, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. All rights reserved

Birds of the Kaipara

Ducks and Dabchicks on dune lakes: the dune lakes are a haven for wetland bird life.  Ducks resident on the lakes include the abundant Mallard....more

Shorebirds: There are many shorebirds to be seen along the sandy beaches of the Norwest coasts. Some of these birds prefer to be down by the tide-line ....more

Wetlands in the Norwest: these areas are vital for many species of shy birds that most people rarely see, including the Banded Rail ....more

Fernbirds: Small populations of Fernbirds are thriving around the Kaipara Harbour, in areas of salt marsh, near wetlands, and in riparian margins ....more

KereruKereru are often seen around the Norwest, feeding in bush reserves, bush remnants, and in gardens ....more

Tomtit:  A newcomer to the Norwest in recent years is the Tomtit or Miromiro .....more

Australasian Gannet: One of the Norwest’s iconic birds is the Australasian Gannet, most often seen at the Takapu Refuge ....more

Caspian Tern: these gregarious, large white terns with black cap and bright red beak, are the largest of our terns ....more

Fairy Tern: the highly endangered New Zealand Fairy Tern has now been confirmed as a separate species ....more

Royal Spoonbill: An unusual bird that is worth watching for on the Kaipara Harbour is the Royal Spoonbill....more

Ramsar status for the Kaipara: The Kaipara Harbour meets many of the criteria of the Ramsar Convention ....more