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Stewart Island - Rakiura National Park

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Kaka photos: Dave Curtis
Birds found on Stewart Island
(Birdlife includes):—
Tokoeka kiwiApteryx australis lawryi
behave rather differently to kiwi in other parts of New Zealand. They maintain family groups and some birds feed during daylight hours.
Little Blue PenguinEudyptula minor,
are a common sight around the town of Oban from October to February.
Yellow-eyed penguinMegadyptes antipodes
Fiordland crested penguinEudyptes pachyrhynchus
Snares Crested PenguinEudyptes pachyrhynchus atratus
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans
Northern Royal AlbatrossDiomedea sanfordi
Southern Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Black-browed MollymawkDiomedea melanophris
Buller’s MollymawkDiomedea bulleri
Shy MollymawkDiomedea cauta
Light-mantled Sooty AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrata
Northern Giant PetrelMacronecteus halli
Antarctic FulmarFulmarus glacialoides
Cape PigeonDaption capense australe
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessonii
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectata
Cook’s PetrelPterodroma cookii
Broad-billed PrionPachyptila vittata
Fairy PrionPachyptila turtur
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialis
Sooty Shearwater, Muttonbird Puffinus griseus
Grey-backed Storm PetrelOceanites nereis
White-faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina
Black-bellied Storm PetrelFregetta tropica
Southern Diving PetrelPelecanoides urinatrix
South Georgian Diving PetrelPelecanoides georgicus
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator
Black Shag Phalacrocorax carbo
Pied Shag Phalacrocorax varius
Little Shag Phalacrocorax melanoleucus
Stewart Island ShagLeucocarbo chalconotus
Spotted Shag  Stictocarbo punctatus
Blue Shag Stictocarbo punctatus steadi
White-faced Heron  Ardea novaehollandiae
White Heron Egretta alba
Reef Heron Egretta sacra
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus
Black Swan Cygnus atratus
Paradise Duck Tadorna variegate
Mallard Duck  Anas platyrhynchos
Grey Duck Anas superciliosa
New Zealand Shoveler  Anas rhynchotis
Australasian Harrier Circus approximans
New Zealand Falcon Falco novaeseelandiae
Banded rail Rallus philippensis assimilis
Stewart Island Weka Gallirallus australis scotti
South Island Pied Oystercatcher  Haematopus ostralegus
Variable Oystercatcher  Haematopus unicolor
Spur–winged Plover Vanellus miles
Banded dotterel Charadrius bicinctus
New Zealand Dotterel Charadrius obscurus obscurus
Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Brown Skua Catharacta lonnbergi
Southern Black Backed Gull Larus dominicanus
Red-billed Gull Larus scopulinus
Black-billed Gull Larus bulleri
Black-fronted Tern Sterna albostriata
Caspian Tern  Sterna caspia
Antarctic TernSterna vittata
White-fronted Tern Sterna striata
New Zealand pigeon Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
Kaka Nestor meridionalis
Kakapo Strigops habroptilus.
The island was the final stronghold for the flightless, nocturnal kakapo which had all but disappeared from the mainland under pressure from stoats and other predators, leaving less than a hundred birds in Fiordland and Stewart Island. The last 60 or so birds were relocated to nearby Whenua Hou or Codfish Island which is now a nature reserve supporting other endangered species. This pest-free island is excluded from the park, as is all Maori land, freehold land and the foreshore.
Kakariki Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae
Kakariki Cyanoramphus auriceps
Kea Nestor notabilis
Long-tailed cuckoo Eudynamys taitensis
Shining cuckoo  Chrysococcyx lucidas.
The cuckoos migrate from the Pacific Islands, arriving in New Zealand from around September and leaving again around March.
Morepork  Ninox novaeseelandiae
Kingfisher Halcyon sancta
Rifleman  Acanthisitta chloris
Welcome Swallow  Hirundo tahitica neoxena
New Zealand Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae
Dunnock  Prunella modularis
Fantail  Rhipidura fulginosa
Tomtit  Petroica macrocephala
Robin  Petroica australis
Fernbird Bowdleria punctata
Brown creeper Mohoua novaeseelandiae
Yellowhead Mohua ochrocephala
Grey warbler  Gerygone igata
Song Thrush  Turdus philomelus
Blackbird Turdus merula
Bellbird  Anthornis melanura
Tui Prosthermadera novaeseelandiae
Chaffinch Fringilla coelabs
Red Poll Caruelis flammea
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Starling  Sturnus vulgaris
Silvereye  Zosterops lateralis
Saddleback  Philesturnus carunculatus
(page last updated  3 May 2007)