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Birdlife

Tui bird

A NEW ZEALAND BIRDING PARADISE…

For bird watchers, the Waitomo Great Walk has a wonderful range of native New Zealand birds, a number of them rare and endangered. Chances are you’ll hear Kiwi in the evening and the haunting melody of the Kokako (Blue Wattled Crow) at dawn and dusk.


Bellbird

Maori name: Korimako
Scientific name: Anthornis melanura

Bellbird

Blue Duck

A unique threatened species of native NZ duck – the only member of its genus with no close relative anywhere else in the world.
Maori name: Whio
Scientific name: Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos

Blue Duck

Blue Wattle Crow

Rare and endangered native crow
Maori name: Kokako
Scientific name: Callaeas cinerea wilsoni

Blue Wattle Crow

Dabchick

NZ’s only native grebe
Maori name: Weweia
Scientific name: Poliocephalus rufopectus

Dabchick

Fantail

Maori name: Piwakawaka
Scientific name: Rhipidura fuliginosa

Fantail

Fernbird

Maori name: Kotata or Matata
Scientific name: Megalurus punctatus

Fernbird

Grey Warbler

Maori name: Riroriro
Scientific name: Gerygone igata

Grey Warbler

Kaka

Boisterous large native parrot (one of NZ’s 3 native parrot species) often active at night during fine weather or a full moon
Maori name: Kaka
Scientific name: Nestor meridionalis

Kaka

Kingfisher

Maori name: Kotare
Scientific name: Halcyon sancta

Kingfisher

Longtailed Cuckoo

Maori name: Koekoea
Scientific name: Eudynamis taitensis

Longtailed Cuckoo

Marsh Crake

Maori name: Koitareke
Scientific name: Porzana pusilla

Marsh Crake

Morepork

New Zealand’s only surviving native owl
Maori name: Ruru
Scientific name: Ninox novaeseelandiae

Morepork

Native Falcon

Maori name: Karearea
Scientific name: Falco novaeseelandia

NZ Falcon

North Island Brown Kiwi

Maori name: Tokoeka
Scientific name: Apteryx mantelli

North Island Brown Kiwi

Paradise Shelduck

Maori name: Putakitaki or Putangitangi
Scientific name: Tadorna variegata

Paradise Shelduck

Purple Swamp Hen

Maori name: Pukeko
Scientific name: Porphyrio porphyrio

Pukeko

Rifleman

New Zealand’s smallest bird
Maori name: Titipounamu
Scientific name: Acanthisitta chloris

Rifleman

Shining Cuckoo

Maori name: Pipiwharauroa
Scientific name: Chalcites lucidus

Shining Cuckoo

Spotless Crake

Maori name: Putoto or Puweto
Scientific name: Porzana tabuensis plumbea

Spotless Crake

Spur winged Plover

Self introduced from Australia to Southland in the 1930’s and found throughout New Zealand in open country pastures, wetland margins and estuaries.
Scientific name: Vanellus miles novaehollandiae

Spur Winged Plover

Tui

Also called Parson bird
Maori name: Tui
Scientific name: Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

Tui

Tomtit

Maori name: Miromiro
Scientific name: Petroica macrocephala

Tomtit

Whitehead

Maori name: Popokotea
Scientific name: Mohoua albicilla

Whitehead

Wood Pigeon

Maori name: Kereru
Scientific name: Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

Kereru