Bird counts

Birds are one of the most noticeable forms of native biodiversity in the New Zealand farming landscape. Who doesn't love working to the soundtrack of tui singing in the morning?

Unfortunately, having evolved on an island that was covered in forest and where land mammals were limited to only bats, our native birds are having a hard time surviving in the midst of people. Deforestation and the introduction of mammalian predators has seen, and continues to see, populations of our taonga birds plummet across the country. 

The patches of native bush and scrub so often found on sheep and beef farms can play a vital role in providing homes and food for Aotearoa's birds. We wanted to know which bird species used which habitats across our study farms, so we undertook bird counts in the summers of 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. We used five minute bird count methods adapted from those used by the Department of Conservation. The statistical analysis is still underway, but we can show you which bird species we found on our three farms . . .

Hover over the farm to discover the native and exotic bird species found there

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Paradise shelduck

Spur-winged plover

Fantail

Kingfisher

Grey warbler

Silvereye

Wood pigeon

Shining cuckoo

Harrier hawk

Pūtangitangi

Pīwakawaka

Kōtare

Riroriro

Tauhou

Kererū

Pipiwharauroa

Kāhu

KAIPARA - NATIVE
RUAPEHU - NATIVE

Paradise shelduck

Spur-winged plover

Fantail

Kingfisher

Grey warbler

Silvereye

Wood pigeon

Harrier hawk

Tomtit

Tui

Whitehead

Shining cuckoo

South Island robin

NZ falcon

Long-tailed cuckoo

Pūtangitangi

Pīwakawaka

Kōtare

Riroriro

Tauhou

Kererū

Kāhu

Ngirungiru

Pōpokatea

Pipiwharauroa

Kakaruwai

Kārearea

Koekoeā

CANTERBURY - NATIVE

Spur-winged plover

Fantail

Grey warbler

Silvereye

Wood pigeon

Harrier hawk

Bellbird

Shining cuckoo

S. black-backed gull

Pīwakawaka

Riroriro

Tauhou

Kereru

Kāhu

Korimako

Pipiwharauroa

Karoro

KAIPARA - EXOTIC

House sparrow/dunnock

Common myna

Eastern rosella

Australian magpie

European greenfinch

Welcome swallow

Wild turkey

Yellowhammer

Eurasian blackbird

Common starling

RUAPEHU - EXOTIC

House sparrow/dunnock

Common myna

Eastern rosella

Australian magpie

European greenfinch

Welcome swallow

Wild turkey

Yellowhammer

Eurasian blackbird

Goldfinch

Chaffinch

Common starling

Eurasian skylark

Song thrush

Common pheasant

CANTERBURY -EXOTIC

Canada goose

Common redpoll

European greenfinch

Goldfinch

Australian magpie

Yellowhammer

Eurasian blackbird

House sparrow/dunnock

Welcome swallow

Common starling