Tag Archives: New Zealand

White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata): revise global status?

White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata) is found in south-eastern Australasia, and is split into three subspecies. The nominate S. s. striata breeds on North, South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand; S. s. aucklandorum breeds on the Chatham Islands and Auckland … Continue reading

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Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri): revise global status?

Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri) is endemic to New Zealand, with the majority of the population (c.70%) in Southland (McClellan 2009). It mainly breeds along braided river systems, though it can use other habitat types such as lake margins, sand-spits, riverflats … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Southern Red-breasted Plover (Charadrius obscurus): uplist to Critically Endangered?

Southern Red-breasted Plover (or Southern New Zealand Dotterel) (Charadrius obscurus) is endemic to New Zealand. Once widespread in the South Island of New Zealand, it now breeds only on inland Stewart Island/Rakiura, mainly on subalpine herb-fields or rocky areas above … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica): request for information.

Westland Petrel, Procellaria westlandica, is known only to breed in the densely forested coastal foothills of Punakaiki, South Island, New Zealand (Best and Owen 1976, ACAP 2012). The most recent estimate of population size is 2,954-5,137 annual breeding pairs (Wood … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Kea (Nestor notabilis): uplist from Vulnerable to Endangered?

The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is endemic to New Zealand, and is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion C2a(ii) on the basis of a small and declining population size. The population is sparsely distributed across a range of approximately 3.5 million … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis): uplist to Endangered?

Antipodean Albatross, Diomedea antipodensis, is a breeding endemic of New Zealand. It is known to breed on only a very limited number of islands; Antipodes Island, the Auckland Islands (Adams, Auckland and Disappointment), Campbell Island and Pitt Island (one pair … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Okarito Brown Kiwi/Rowi (Apteryx rowi): Downlist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2017 topics: Northern Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli): downlist to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Tomtit (Petroica macrocephala) is being split into P. macrocephala and P. dannefaerdi: list P. dannefaerdi as Vulnerable?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of theHBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: New Zealand Fernbird (Bowdleria punctata) is being moved to genus Poodytes and is being split: list P. punctatus as Least Concern and P. caudatus as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of theHBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes): uplist from Least Concern to Near Threatened?

BirdLife species factsheet for Flesh-footed Shearwater: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3930 Flesh-footed Shearwater breeds on St Paul Island (French Southern Territories), Lord Howe Island (Australia), islands off south-west mainland Australia, South Australia (at two isolated colonies), and islands off North and South Islands (New … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus) is being split: list both Philesturnus carunculatus (South Island Saddleback) and Philesturnus rufusator (North Island Saddleback) as Near Threatened

Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, building off the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, and BirdLife’s annually updated taxonomic checklist. The … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Kokako (Callaeas cinereus) is being split: list Callaeas cinereus (South Island Kokako) as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) and Callaeas wilsoni (North Island Kokako) as Near Threatened?

This is part of a consultation on the Red List implications of extensive changes to BirdLife’s taxonomy for passerines Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International will soon publish the second volume of the HBW-BirdLife Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: South Island Wren (Xenicus gilviventris): uplist to Endangered?

South Island Wren (or New Zealand Rock Wren) (Xenicus gilviventris) is endemic to New Zealand. Once found in the North Island and South Islands prior to European settlement, it is now restricted to the South Island, where it ranges from … Continue reading

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Archived 2016 topics: Chatham Parakeet (Cyanoramphus forbesi): Downlist to Vulnerable?

Cyanoramphus forbesi (Chatham, or Forbes’ Parakeet) is restricted to Little Mangere and Mangere Islands in the Chatham Island group, New Zealand. By 1930, it was extinct on Mangere Island, but by 1973 it had recolonised and numbered 40 birds and … Continue reading

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