Their are over 305 species known to breed or visit the NZ region and some of these, such as the cheeky kakapo and the charming tui, are found nowhere else in the world.
Comprising of almost one fifth of the total number of species, are introduced birds, such as the house sparrow, starling and yellowhammer.
However in comparison to land and forest birds, seabirds, waders or freshwater dwellers, are much more abundant.
The migrant waders in particular, especially the rarer species and the vagrants, that visit NZ and the outlying islands, attract significent interest from "wader spotters", amateurs and ornithologists alike, making it a very popular pastime.
For most people, an interest in birds begins with learning how to identify them, with pleasure to be gained from putting the right name to them, whether it is studied at leisure in a city park, or glimpsed fleetingly on a country drive.
Our mission is to present descriptions of appearance, habits, behaviour and where they inhabit.
This is a work in progress, so please check in often, as we intend to update often.