Friday, March 23, 2018


Wed, 21/03/2018 - 16:23

The next Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) will be held in Darwin from 3-5 July 2019.

More details coming soon!

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 14:26

Read the latest media release on tracking young yellow-eyed penguins HERE.

This project is supported by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund.

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 09:01

Applications are invited for the 2018 Australasian Seabird Group (ASG) - Student Project Support Grants!

Read more here.

The closing date is 29 March 2018!

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 12:00

The 2018 New Zealand Bird Conference and the 79th Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held

in Waitangi, Bay of Islands 
from 2 to 4 June 2018 (Queens Birthday Weekend). 

The New Zealand Bird Conference aims to continue the fine work of previous conferences in making this the premier New Zealand event for the communication of new research findings on birds in New Zealand, while providing opportunities for discussion, networking and workshops for bird researchers and birders. We look forward to welcoming you to the sunny Far North for what should be a fantastic weekend of birds and birding!

Deadline for abstract submissions is 31 March - but the earlier you submit your abstract the better! 

Online registration and full details are available here. Earlybird registrations finish 31 March!

There are limited spaces - so register now






Mon, 12/02/2018 - 13:14

Are you passionate about editing?

We are looking for a new Editor for our scientific journal Notornis.  

If you are interested in this position please get in touch with our Executive Officer or President.   

More details are available here

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 14:27

This scholarship for Masters and PhD students is sponsored by the George Mason Charitable Trust and named in commemoration of David Medway. 

Applications are now open and close on 30 March 2018!

Details are available here
Mon, 15/01/2018 - 14:35

A huge colony of rare tarāpuka (black-billed gulls) has recently been discovered at Tukituki River, Hawke's Bay!

Watch Bernie's video and read all about it here: 

Read more about black-billed gulls here:

Here are two other recent articles about rare birds that may be of interest:



Tue, 09/01/2018 - 15:16

Check out what the Northern NZ Seabird Trust got up to in 2017 and what is planned for 2018 - read their latest newsletter here.


Mon, 08/01/2018 - 14:50

The recent Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) was held in November 2017 in Geelong, Australia. 

Natalie Forsdick received one of two Birds NZ student travel grants to present her talk "Kakī conservation at the cutting edge" at the AOC. 

Read Natalie's article on the AOC 2017 here.

Thu, 28/12/2017 - 16:43

The December 2017 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, containing details of the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2017 funding round, which includes funding for research on Yellow-eyed Penguin (Hoiho), Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki), Snares Crested Penguin, Erect-crested Penguin, Great Spotted Kiwi, Black Stilt, Weka, Stitchbird (Hihi), Chatham Island Taiko, South Georgian Diving Petrel, Buller’s Shearwater, and the acoustic identification of native birds.

Other reports include the results of research funded by the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2016 funding round, including research on Australasian Bittern, Yellow-eyed Penguin (Hoiho), Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki), New Zealand Falcon (Karearea), Mottled Petrel, Brown Skua, Buller’s Shearwater, and birds in urban restored forests.

This edition also features an illustrated article by Geoff Walls entitled, “Retrospective citizen science: changes in bird status on D’Urville Island (1972-1026) from collected observations”.

It also contains details of the 2018 Birds New Zealand Conference and Annual General Meeting, to be held in Waitangi (Bay of Islands), 2-3 June, and news of the appointment of a new convenor of the Scientific Committee (Graeme Taylor) and a new Moult Convenor (Gillian Vaughan).

And it also contains the regular quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, quarterly reports from the regions, and Bird News.

Link to the online edition of the magazine: