Friday, April 27, 2018


Fri, 01/04/2016 - 13:33

Results from the Black-billed Gull aerial survey of the West Coast, carried out in November 2015, are now available here. Thanks to Fruzio for the sponsorship of this study! 

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:16

Wellington-based writer and editor Michael Szabo has been appointed as the new editor of the Birds New Zealand magazine. He has previously written about New Zealand birds and their conservation in New Zealand Geographic, New Scientist, Forest & Bird and IUCN World Conservation magazines, and has contributed 50 species accounts to New Zealand Birds Online, covering seabirds, waders, songbirds, and extinct species such as the nine recognised moa species. He is also the principal author of Wild Encounters (Penguin Books NZ), a site guide to discovering New Zealand's unique birds and marine wildlife.

He is a former editor of Forest & Bird magazine and a former Communications Manager at the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand and at BirdLife International in the UK. He was also the founding director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Kermadec Initiative, a marine conservation project set up to promote a 620,000 square kilometre ocean sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands out to the 200 kilometre boundary of New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Prime Minister John Key announced the establishment of a 620,000 square kilometre Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on 29th September 2015. The sanctuary, which will include 15% of New Zealand's EEZ, will protect over 6 million seabirds of 39 species in the area ranging from tiny storm-petrels to giant wandering albatrosses.

Welcome Michael to this important Society position! A big thank you also to Nick Allen, who produced our magazine for the past 12 years!


Thu, 17/03/2016 - 11:17

This census of Broad-billed Prions, White-faced Storm Petrels and Common Diving Petrels is funded by the Society's Projects Assistance Fund

Read more about this project here.


Sat, 27/02/2016 - 09:05

The Australasian Seabird Group (ASG) offers small grants to support seabird projects of current science students or those who have recently (within 3 years) finished post-graduate studies in seabirds. This year's application close on 25 March. Read more here.

Mon, 18/01/2016 - 12:50

The birds of North Canterbury as you have never seen them before!

As a member you can now get this publication for a special price of $15!

Read more here!

Sun, 17/01/2016 - 10:27

Thank you for contributing to the international "Great Backyard Bird Count" (GBBC) that was held from 12th to 15th of February 2016!

The count was organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada, and the National Audubon Society.

Together we can make our local birds count and learn more about how to protect birds and the environment we share!!

Find out more about the Great Backyard Bird Count here


Fri, 08/01/2016 - 16:37

A warm welcome to Ian McLean, our new Regional Representative for Auckland!

Ian's contact details are available here.

A big thank you also to Mel Galbraith who looked after this important position for the past 7 years and will continue on in his role as Council member.


Sun, 06/12/2015 - 16:03

The recent 2015 Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) was held in November 2015 in Adelaide. 

Josie Galbraith received a student travel grant from Birds New Zealand to present her talk "Bird feeding: risks for urban bird communities" at the AOC. 

Read Josie's article about the conference and the birding bounty of South Australia here.

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 09:52

The Society's moult scheme is now in it's 35th year! Read more about the scheme or download the latest summary report here.

Thank you Ben and your team for organising the Moult Scheme for the last 35 years!


Sat, 31/10/2015 - 17:30
Young Birders New Zealand is a new organization started by a small group of 11-15 year olds who love birds!
  • We want to encourage other young kiwis to get involved in birding! 
  • We have set up a new website and online magazine aimed at kids. The mission of Young Birders NZ is to “Foster New Zealand’s young birders” and let them reach their full birdy potential, also “Ensuring that the brilliant art of bird-watching never disappears in New Zealand by reuniting young kiwis with nature”. 
  • Our goal is to support, encourage and inform the young birding community of New Zealand and we would also love to be able to organise meetings and trips for our members.
  • If you know any young people that might be interested in this please don’t hesitate to tell them about us.
  • We are currently trying our hardest to make good links with bird people all over the country. We have YouTube, G+, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our website. If you would like to follow us or join, please either email us on or subscribe via our website (you can also find us on social media).

WHO are WE?

Amber:  I'm a YBNZ Founder, Nelson Lakes birder,Wetland and Wild river bird lover, plus wanna-be bander and Ornithologist!

Michael:  I'm a co-founder of Young Birders NZ and particularly enjoy tough ID challenges such as waders!

George:  I'm a Zealandia youth ambassador and I really love bird photography!

Oscar:  I'm an advocate of all our birds, especially Kokako​, I'm also training to be a guide on Tiritiri Matangi!