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.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Karearea wins 2012 bird of the year

A bird known for its romantic yet blood-thirsty nature has won the title of 2012 Bird of the Year in a Forest & Bird poll.

The karearea, or New Zealand falcon, won 1261 votes in the conservation organisation’s eighth annual poll, followed by the kokako in second place with 965 votes and the ruru with 663 votes.

Forest & Bird advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell says the karearea is a great romantic, with birds going to great lengths to woo each other.

“During courtship, couples will perform an aerial ballet, swapping food mid-flight, performing mock attack dives or spiralling gracefully landward.”

But the bird also is a skilled hunter, able to kill prey larger than itself with a lethal bite to the neck.

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