As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Rare birds moved to new habitat

Updated at 3:06 pm on 12 January 2013
Rare New Zealand birds have been transferred from the subantarctic Snares Islands to a new home, to help protect the species from extinction.

Snares Island snipe, also known as tutukiwi for its long beak and ground living habit, were once widespread in New Zealand but were wiped out from the mainland and many islands by predators like rats and ferrets.

Of a population of about 200 on the islands, 30 have been moved to Codfish Island / Whenua Hou, off Stewart Island.

A South Island biodiversity ranger for DoC, Jo Hiscock, says starting a new population of the bird is a precaution against extinction.

Snipe transferred in 2005 from the Snares to Putauhinu Island, off the south-west coast of Stewart Island, have grown to an estimated population of over 500 birds.

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