Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Tue, 18/10/2016 - 16:36

Jack Kinghan of the Bay of Islands International Academy won the Far North Birds New Zealand prize for 2016.  His study, Comparison of Backyard and Forest Birds compared the bird species found in his back yard with those found in Puketi Forest.

Jack (supported by his mother) made 6 trips to the Puketi Forest and six observations of birds in his back yard and compared the results. Jack won a fine pair of binoculars donated by Hunting and Fishing Kerikeri for his efforts.

This is the third year Hunting and Fishing and Birds New Zealand have donated a prize for the best Science Fair bird study.  Previous winners were Tim Baigent of Kaitaia,  (2014) and Max Hart of Kerikeri(2015).

Bay of Islands International Academy is a small culturally diverse publicly funded school with a passion for educational excellence. It is located in Te Tii in the Kerikeri area.

Thu, 13/10/2016 - 14:52

Read results from a recent small petrel study in North Otago here.

This project was supported by our Projects Assitance Fund.

Thu, 06/10/2016 - 12:34

A new edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, reporting the first New Zealand records of Herald Petrel and Red-footed Booby which were seen and photographed by participants in a Heritage Expeditions cruise to the Kermadec Islands in March 2016.

This edition also reports on a new study of the New Zealand wrens which suggests that this ancient lineage – which includes Rifleman and Rock Wren – has been resident in New Zealand for more than 25 million years; the results of new tracking studies of three New Zealand species of crested penguin; a new study that suggests there are two subspecies of New Zealand Falcon rather than three; and a new study that found strong support for the extinct Laughing Owl being in the same Hawk-owl genus (Ninox) as Morepork.

Other items include reports on new studies of colour vision in New Zealand’s Mohoua species and male fertility and inbreeding in Hihi or Stitchbirds, and a feature on Waipu Estuary in Northland and the New Zealand Fairy Terns that breed there.

It also contains a report from the Society’s 2016 AGM, abstracts of research presented at the Society’s annual conference, the quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, quarterly reports of the Society's Regional Representatives, and news of notable sightings of bird species around New Zealand during the period 1st March to 31st August.


Wed, 05/10/2016 - 16:06

Read Helen's results from her latest research on hihi here.


Sat, 01/10/2016 - 19:52

The breeding season for the black-billed gulls is rapidly approaching, and has already started in Southland!

Thanks to support from Fruzio, Claudia Mischler is coordinating a full national census this summer, and she needs your help!

Read more here.

Sat, 01/10/2016 - 12:06

Read the results from Ellen's Red-crowned parakeet study here.

This project was supported by the 2015 Birds New Zealand Research Fund.

(Image by Jo Hawthorne)

Mon, 26/09/2016 - 13:06

An expedition to the remote Kermadec Islands in March this year resulted in two new bird species being added to the New Zealand list. 

Read more here.


Sat, 24/09/2016 - 10:27

Young Birders New Zealand is run by a team of young birders who encourage young New Zealanders to get into birding, learn more about birds and meet other young people with similar interests.

Fri, 23/09/2016 - 18:12

Using GPS tracking technology to follow movements of Chatham Island brown skuas across two breeding seasons, this study reveals distinct space use patterns between male and female brown skuas. Preliminary results suggest that while male skuas show a tendency to forage out at sea, female skuas are more inclined to forage on nearby farmland during breeding.

Read the full results of Hendrik's study on "Habitat use and foraging behaviour of brown skua from the Chatham Islands" here.

This project was funded by the 2015 Birds New Zealand Research Fund.

Mon, 19/09/2016 - 09:14

There will be a delay in the preparation of the September edition of Notornis, and hence its non-appearance with the September posting. There are several reasons for this, not all of which can be controlled.

The first is the changeover in Editor which involved delays in getting systems organised. The second is that the new editor has had a close family illness that has diverted her attention, and family matters take precedence.

The third reason is that there is a lack of submissions of papers. This would be a great opportunity for those people who have made presentations at the last few AGMs to turn those into papers so that these interesting studies can be shared. There is wonderful research taking place in New Zealand so here is an opportunity to tell the world!

The fourth reason is that authors have been slow to respond to suggestions from the editors, and this delays the publication.

I would ask members to be patient until we sort this delay. It may mean the issue of two editions close together or a larger version in December. This matter will be considered by council at the October meeting.

David Lawrie