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.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Hope for critically endangered bird

TaikoThe hatching of the first eggs of a critically endangered species of seabird on the Chatham Islands is being heralded as a major milestone for the bird's conservation.

The Chatham Islands taiko (magenta petrel) is one of the world's rarest seabird species, with only 14 known breeding pairs in the predator-free environment in Sweetwater Conservation Covenant.
All 57 known taiko chicks were transferred to Sweetwater between 2007 and 2011.

Sweetwater is a 2.4 hectare forest protected by an 800-metre predator-proof fence on private land owned by Bruce and Liz Tuanui, who covenanted the land for taiko conservation in 2004.

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