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Most Interesting Birds of New Zealand (Explained)

Birding in New Zealand offers many types of bird species, which vary greatly depending on the location. If you’re looking for birding opportunities in New Zealand, here’s a birding tour guide for you.

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

The northern gannet is a very popular bird in New Zealand. It is the largest bird in the country but is also one of the most elusive birds.

This bird likes to nest in thick cover and is often seen as they fly down to eat their food. If you can spot the bird, then you are pretty safe in knowing that you will have an easy time finding them.

Because this bird likes to hide, they are rarely seen out and about, so if you have never seen a northern gannet it is best to look into spotting techniques before you try to see one for yourself.

The best place to find the northern gannet is the coastal area. You will find them in the seas surrounding New Zealand and flying around at night to feed on the seabirds.

The gannet bird has been known to feed on large fish, and this can be a great method of getting close enough to the bird to get your picture. The bird is quite a large bird, so it is best to get close to a large rock to get a nice shot of the bird in the open.

The northern gannet will usually fly down into the water and land on top of a rock, but you will still need to watch out for the bird as it will move quickly to get back into the air. If the bird gets too close, it can fly off in the direction it came from.

Kea Parrot

Kea Parrot

The kea in New Zealand It is widely distributed in the country, from the Southern Alps and Waikato regions up through the North Island, with the largest concentrations being in the West Coast and Bay of Islands regions. However, the kea is not thought to exist in other parts of the country.

In New Zealand, the kea is largely nocturnal, with the majority of sightings recorded in the evening and morning, at dusk or nightfall. It is also a migratory bird, traveling long distances in its annual migration, making it very difficult to observe them at other times of the year.

The kea is thought to mate for life in its migration, marking their territory, and it is not uncommon for the bird to travel long distances after breeding, visiting bushland along the way.

The kea’s ability to adapt to a range of environments makes it unique, and its distinctive appearance has given it the name “kea bird”. The kea is not toothed, and its face is shaped somewhat like a teardrop.

Its head, neck, and wings are dark green; its body is brown, with a white belly, and its hind legs having short sharp claws. The kea has two rows of black-tipped beaks, which it uses to perch and feed on grassy cover and vegetation.

Californian Quail

Californian Quail

Californian Quail in New Zealand is probably one of the most sought after species for ornamental purposes, especially amongst bird lovers who reside in urban areas.

They are known to be one of the more beautiful and rare breeds of quail found in North America, and they have a reputation as being a species that requires special care.

Californian Quails in New Zealand can be found in a wide variety of environments and have been successfully kept by ornithologists from all over the world. However, the reason that they are so sought after is the fact that they are able to provide a unique experience for bird watchers.

California Quail in New Zealand is native to New Zealand, and they were domesticated a few hundred years ago. Although they are native to New Zealand, they are also known to breed in the wilds of parts of South America, Central America, and Australia.

The reason that they are able to breed in the wilds is because of their relative scarcity, and because their habitat is not conducive to large numbers of people. They thrive on insects and other small creatures such as birds.

This makes them extremely hardy animals, which means that they are not susceptible to the harsh winters that are experienced in North America.

New Zealand Heron

One of the most commonly sighted birds in New Zealand is the New Zealand heron. The New Zealand heron is considered to be one of the most colorful and beautiful birds of New Zealand.

Herons are a breed of heron that was introduced to New Zealand as part of a migration. Herons are an extremely common and popular bird to watch in New Zealand.

The best time to see herons is in autumn and winter, when the weather becomes cooler and their migration takes place. During this time, when migration is the most active and bird watchers from all over the country flock to New Zealand to observe the migration.

Herons migrate to a particular area each year, and their numbers increase every spring. These birds are known for their bright colors and for being able to live in large groups, so that they can fly more easily together. This is why herons make great bird watching partners.

There are several different species of the New Zealand heron. Some of these species are considered rare, but others are commonly seen all across New Zealand. The New Zealand heron bird is very vocal, making their songs and dances quite distinctive and beautiful.

Some herons sing while they stand upright on the ground, which is known as the tai-tai. Other herons sit in the air, using their wings to sway back and forth, called the hoki.



Fauna birds are the most abundant wildlife of New Zealand. These birds are native to this area and are found mostly in rainforests, open woodlands, and highlands.

There are many other species that can be found in some parts of this country, but birds are the most common species found in New Zealand. 

These birds are native to this country and have been here for millions of years. They make their home in bushlands and coastal areas and they like to be around large trees because this allows them to build nests on branches.

They also like water, and they like the sounds of running streams and rivers. These birds are very social animals and spend a lot of time in groups.



Waxeye’s are among the most magnificent birds in the world. They live on the islands of New Zealand, and they make great birds for birdwatchers to watch with other bird watchers who visit the area during the summer months.

These amazing birds are also known as the “king of the islands” because of their unique coloration. All four of these birds have bright, striking, and attractive colors, and their markings vary in their size.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch in New Zealand is unique bird species. They are so beautiful and elegant, that they can even become somewhat of a nuisance to the birds around them. It is not always easy for the birds to take care of these tiny little creatures.

The birds tend to be too fond of these little goldfinches. A lot of the food stuff that is left on the tree is left to rot or will have to be eaten by other birds. It’s not like most birds like the goldfinches, they generally do not really like them at all.

American Goldfinches are not aggressive birds. In fact they are quite timid birds. One thing that does cause a lot of problems is the little goldfinches being a kind of pest.

They can become very active in the night and come close to houses. These little birds can actually fly and land on cars, causing a serious problem. You may also find them flying around in large numbers near your house, causing some serious damage to your house.

Tui Hummingbird


For anyone who wants to learn more about the Tui Hummingbirds in New Zealand, it is easy to find a variety of sources and learn more about them. It is even easier to learn more about the birds and their habitat, as they have many sites dedicated to them on the internet.

The Tui is a species of hummingbird and is native to parts of the South Pacific including Australia. The Tui has become a very popular bird in many parts of the world because of its distinct features, such as its long white wings and bright red markings, but has been slowly disappearing as it has become more popular in many places.

One thing that many people do not know about the Tui is that they do not mate for life. The Tui will often be seen flitting around the islands at different times of the year and will mate with one particular bird, called a miro, before returning to the nest to raise its young there.

The Tui also has some very strange ways of choosing mates, most of which are not known. This makes it even harder for scientists to identify them and get them to breed and thrive in the wild.

The New Zealand Tui hummingbirds are unique in their way of life and are highly endangered in their native lands. There is a lot of work being done by scientists in New Zealand to ensure that the birds can survive in this wild land.

New Zealand Falcon

New Zealand Falcon

The New Zealand Falcon is New Zealand’s largest falcon species. It can be found in the southern parts of the North Island. The other common names for this beautiful bird are bush eagle and swamp hawk.

It is often mistaken for the more commonly known and larger swamp harrier, which is in fact a smaller and rare species. Falcon is a common name for both falcons and can be used interchangeably.

The birds are related but have different characteristics such as wingspans, weight, and flight patterns. They differ in color from olive brown to dark gray, varying in shape depending on the season.

They also differ in the size of their bills, which can vary from being large and rounded to being small and short. 

Paradise Shelduck

The Paradise Shelduck of New Zealand, which is also known as the New Zealand Shelduck are a group of birds indigenous to the island nation. They are the smallest of the duck species found in New Zealand, and their range is confined to the northern part of the North Island.

This is the reason why it has been discovered that some birds from the islands are actually descendants of these birds. This is the reason why some of these birds have kept on breeding with the birds of Paradise.

They prefer to go hunting during the warmer seasons, and they hunt mostly on the ground. They are a very successful hunter, and they are often known to bring down their prey in just a few seconds.

When they are not on hunting expeditions, they like to nest in tall trees. When they have chicks, they use these same tall trees to raise their young.



The Chaffinch birds of New Zealand are a great place to see, as these unique birds can be found in many different places around New Zealand. If you have ever wondered what the Chaffinches do, then this article will give you a few clues.

The Chaffinch are considered to be a medium-sized bird, which means that they can be found in many different types of habitats, including forest, fields, parks, and even the coastal areas. These birds will migrate to the coast to feed on the fish, and they can also be found in forests around the world.

If you are interested in seeing the Chaffinch birds when visiting New Zealand, then you should try to find some pictures of them. This will help you get an idea of what they look like and how they move. It will also help you get an idea of what you can expect when you go and see one in person.

It is important to remember that you should always take your camera with you when you go to see these birds, as these amazing birds are very visible from quite a distance.

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

The White-Faced Heron of New Zealand is an interesting bird that spends most of its time in the water. Unlike many other birds, they will not dive and are found in areas of shallow water around lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

They are very adaptable, and can be found in many environments, but are mostly found in water. They are an active, migratory bird, which mean that they are often seen in places that are frequented by waterfowl, but they do not migrate. These birds have a long and narrow bill with large nostrils, and a bluish-gray plumage

There are four main subspecies of the White-Faced Heron of New Zealand. The population is highly fragmented, and the exact distribution is unknown. Some subspecies are found only in freshwater, whereas others are only found in saltwater.

There are some records of the species being seen on land, but it is not clear whether these records were genuine sightings or just the result of mistaken identity.

The species is thought to be an isolated island bird, and there is no evidence to support the existence of islands with two distinct subspecies. They have not been recorded in captivity, but they are commonly found in natural aviaries and bird homes. The only real threat to this bird is from human activities.

Black Swan

Black Swan

The Black Swan of New Zealand isn’t native but has been introduced into New Zealand from Australia. The black swan is considered to be a threat by farmers because of the damage that it can do to crop fields. In flight, the black swan has a long thin neck with darkish flight feathers on its sides and a white tip of the wings.

The flight is slow and with low-pitched wingbeats, and an eerie bugling is usually heard at the rear. As the bird flies along, it also moves forward with a swaying tail, making a very beautiful sight.

When the swans reach the end of their migration they mate in a nearby breeding ground and lay eggs. These eggs are incubated and hatched for around 90 days before the swans flee.

Swans are omnivorous birds that eat different types of fish, insects, crustaceans, birds, and other animals. Their natural diet may include fish, kiwi fruit, grasses, fruit, seeds, berries, worms, small insects, snails, frogs, crayfish, frogs, chickens, carrion, birds, carrion, rabbits, frogs, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals. 

South Island Robin

South Island Robin

The south Island Robin of New Zealand is an intelligent bird with a history, and it is not at all rare in the South Island. There are many varieties of this bird in the wild including the Grey head Robin, the White headed Robin and the  Black-headed Robin.

The head feathers of this species vary from a silvery gray to a reddish orange with black markings on the head and neck. The underside of the head is white with black markings.

This bird lives in large colonies of up to hundreds of thousands of birds. If you want to see a bird of the Robins on the ground, you will be able to see  robins in the summer months of the year.

Their breeding seasons are June and July. They are known to breed in tall trees, in houses, and on the ground.  It lives on a diet consisting mostly of birds, insects, lizards and fish.

Wood Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

The Wood Pigeon is a small bird that is native to New Zealand and is also called the New Zealand Pigeon. This tiny bird can be found flying around and even at various places, but most likely it prefers to stay on a tree.

The Wood Pigeon has a very long life span; it is commonly up to 20 years old. However, its lifespan is not solely dependent on how much you feed it.

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Ducks is among the few breeds that have been raised and bred to be a part of their native China. They have adapted to survive in their new home in New Zealand, and it is amazing what they have been able to accomplish.

The ducks are now considered to be one of the premier waterfowl in New Zealand and they even have their own conservation organization that is trying to keep up with breeding more of these birds. 

Grey Fantail

Grey Fantail

Grey Fantail birds are a species of bird in the world and they can be found in New Zealand, Europe, Africa, and Asia. They are the smallest species of birds and they have become a popular tourist attraction as well.

Their breeding patterns in New Zealand are very unique as they live in groups of two to three families. These groups of groups will meet at the same place all year round and breed and nest on the same migration route, but they will come and go as they please.

The Grey Fantail birds in New Zealand will usually start building nests around April, and this is the best time of the year for nesting as they need to build their nests before the weather begins to change. During the winter months they will spend time waiting for the migration season to start.

At the beginning of the migration season the birds are extremely active so it can be quite hard to find them in the wild. But once they begin to move south they will only stay there for a short time.

It is important to note that they don’t always travel in the same direction, as they can follow their natural migration route. Some birds like to travel overland and others will travel inland. In the last few years they have moved inland as they have found a better place to lay their eggs.

The gray fantail birds in New Zealand are very particular about the type of nest they have made. They want to make sure that the egg that they are incubating is laid on top of a hard object so that it will not break. They will then begin to build their nest and the entire process can take up to six weeks.

This means that the gray fantail birds need to be at the nesting site all year round to help with their young. The eggs will need to be placed inside a wooden or plastic ball and placed in an area that is out of direct sunlight. This will also help keep the chicks warm and protected from predators.


Kaka parrot

The New Zealand Kaka Bird is an endangered bird that was introduced to this country in the late nineteen hundreds. This bird has a number of qualities that make it one of the most successful birds in the world.

If you think about it, the kaka is a very successful bird in New Zealand because of its intelligence and its adaptability. The Kaka bird makes an amazing bird for watching. The Kaka found in forests, and feed on nectar, fruits, and seeds.



This bird that lives only on land, the seabird, has evolved over the years and is now a unique species of parrot. Now found only on New Zealand’s south island, it was introduced in 1960 and became an immediate success, with its popularity growing even further with the release of its second and third movies.

Weka is very shy, and because of their small size and small wings, they can be quite difficult to see unless you are lucky enough to have a long coastline.

Endemic to New Zealand bird range, Weka, are a small flightless bird found only on the south island. Their range extends well into the islands’ east coast but is restricted to the higher elevations and lakes, where they are sometimes found in pairs.

These birds can be seen in small numbers at the top of tall trees such as telegraph trees, and occasionally as solitary birds, hanging around the edges of ponds and bird baths. While they don’t usually fly and are generally seen on land, they have a habit of hovering just below the surface.

Yellow-Eyed Penguins

Yellow-eyed Penguin

The Yellow-Eyed Penguins of New Zealand is amongst the rarest species of penguins in the world. Apart from the distinct eye color of the Yellow-Eyed Penguins, they also have a unique call that is only made by them.

This call has a sound that is similar to the whistle of a cat, a low rattle, like a rooster and makes a low booming sound. They also make a chirping sound similarly, though different in pitch. In addition to these sounds, they also make the sound of flapping wings.

However, all of these sounds are unique to this species. Because of these, it is very easy to distinguish the various species, though there are some similarities.



Kingfisher bird facts are essential for bird watchers who want to know more about this charming bird. Kingfisher are a group of medium to large, brightly colored, flitting birds. They have a wide cosmopolitan distribution, from the arid lands of New Zealand to central Africa to the tropical rainforests of Asia and Oceania. 

These birds are often called “bird of paradise” because of their beautiful colors, which range from black and white to reds, pinks, yellow, green, brown, blue, purple, and oranges. There are several subspecies of this beautiful bird.

The two major subspecies, found mostly in Africa, are the Black-rumped Kingfisher and the White-throated Kingfisher. The remaining subspecies, including the two introduced subspecies, can be found all over the world. The two subspecies in particular are extremely colorful and make beautiful additions to any landscape.

One of the most important Kingfisher bird facts is that these birds are highly migratory. They travel for miles on end in search of a variety of food sources, including fruit and seeds. Most birds fly between fifty and a hundred kilometers a day over areas where they find the best food.

This flight is called for because these birds must “fly” in order to see the world. As they pass through different environments, they are exposed to many different kinds of colors and patterns. It’s this natural variation that gives Kingfisher bird facts so much variety.



The bottom is an odd little passerine (bird) which includes the common robins, blue-winged teal, and tufted titmice. It is native to the islands of New Zealand including some of its outlying islands and all parts of the central North Island.

It is the most widely distributed passerine in New Zealand. Tomtits are found in a number of places on the North Island, and they tend to stay in specific areas.

In Dunedin, it is commonly seen in and around the Central Business District, and in Hamilton it is commonly seen at its roosting site at St Clair. They are not migratory birds, so they do not follow the migration patterns of other birds.

Most of their food comes from the ground, especially after they have eaten their first meal of the day. They are often heard to crow in late winter, just before they head out for the night.


Bell Bird

The New Zealand Bellbird, also referred to as makomaki or korimaki, is an endemic bird native to New Zealand. It is the sole survivor of a group of birds that once roamed much of the world. Its name derives from the Mōori name for the bird, korma. It is also the name of one of its species, the New Zealand Bellbird.

The Bellbird is avian species of great diversity. It possesses a long, narrow bill and its slender, flat, brownish-black head. It has a short, rounded crest that is black on top and white underneath.

It has a yellowish breast and a white neck, white belly, red legs, and white breast feathers. A dark stripe runs from the middle of the breast and splits into two white lines on either side of the crest. The bellbird’s chest is covered with gray-white down.

The Bellbird is a fairly small bird, which can reach up to five inches in length. It is found mostly in the southern part of New Zealand, in dry, open, semi-forested habitats. It prefers to feed on small insects, fruit flies, and midges.

It lives mostly in grasslands, often at the base of trees where it feeds on seeds and young birds’ eggs. Some of the habitats that the bellbird prefers include thick undergrowth, brush, and scrub. It is not a migratory bird, however. They live all over New Zealand and do not migrate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the rarest bird in New Zealand?

New Zealand’s rarest bird is the Fairy Tern. This is a small, white-breasted tern that lives only on the remote and rocky coasts of New Zealand.

Which bird is only found in New Zealand?

The Tui is a unique bird found only in New Zealand. It is one of the country’s iconic birds and has been a part of Maori culture for centuries.

How many NZ fairy terns are left?

The fairy tern is a small seabird that was once common in New Zealand. In the 1970s, it had been considered to be at risk of extinction due to habitat destruction and competition with other birds for food sources. There are now 45 individuals and about 12 breeding pairs left on this island nation, according to the Department of Conservation (DOC).

How many native birds does NZ have?

New Zealand is a small country with an incredibly diverse range of bird species. A recent study found that there are 200 native birds in New Zealand, including many endangered and rare species.

Is Pukeko native to NZ?

The pukeko is a native bird of New Zealand, but not one that has been around for long. They first arrived in the country about 1,000 years ago and it’s thought they were brought over by Polynesian settlers from East Asia or Indonesia. 


The three best places to see birds in New Zealand are the Marlborough Sounds, Waitakere Ranges, and Otago regions, each one of these areas has its own unique characteristics that make them an ideal place for bird watching.