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.

Sunday 30 March 2014

RARE BIRD SPECIES: New Zealand’s rare whio population are thriving

A survey conducted by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) has found that the population of whio, also known as blue duck, is thriving in the mountainous rivers and streams inland of Hawke’s Bay on the North Island. This rare bird is found only in New Zealand, and is at high risk of attack from stoats and rats where they nest along fast-flowing riverbanks.
The survey was conducted in January 2014, and found a total of 18 breeding pairs along 33km of waterway bordering 6,120 hectares of the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s Maungataniwha Native Forest, compared to 10 pairs along 41km of river during a 2011 survey.

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