Birds

Birds distressed or dying after being decorated with tinsel

The SPCA says birds are showing up in Wellington either distressed or dead after being decorated with tinsel, rings and other items. The SPCA wants members of the public to come forward if they know anything about the decorated birds. Photo: SPCA It has reported incidents involving about 30 non-native birds such as sparrows since 2015, but …

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Takahē family now strolling at Zealandia

In between the bouts of wet weather, takahē parents Nio and Orbell have been spotted out on the lawn at Zealandia with their chick trailing after them. At 17 days old, every day of life is a big achievement for the little takahē chick. Zealandia are helping to ensure that sufficient resources are available to …

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Your high five events for Thursday 29 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As part of the Science for Lunch series …

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Rare takahē chick hatches at Zealandia

A rare takahē chick has hatched at Zealandia, with rangers at the Wellington wildlife sanctuary doing all they can to improve its chances of survival. The chick was believed to have hatched last Wednesday. Its parents, Nio and Orbell, have been nesting since early November, and at 14 and 18 respectively are nearing the end …

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Your high five events for Monday 19 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Want to know the legend behind the …

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‘We think it can be a safe place for kiwi to live’

Kiwi could soon be roaming through Wellington backyards if an ambitious project to kill their predators is successful. RNZ story by journalist Dan Dalgety @DanDalgetyNZ [email protected] Capital Kiwi founder Paul Ward and Terawhiti Station director Michael Grace. Photo: RNZ / Dan Dalgety The community group Capital Kiwi wants to set 4400 traps to eradicate stoats, ferrets …

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Kakariki numbers up 700%, as capital’s native bird species boom

Boom! It’s not the sound of a kakapo, but many other native bird species are causing an explosive increase in the dawn chorus across Wellington. The capital’s annual bird count shows that all native bird species are on the increase in the city’s reserves, with kakariki numbers increasing about 700 per cent since 2011. Beyond …

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Takahē pair nesting at Zealandia

Zealandia have announced that their takahē pair, Nio and Orbell, are nesting. The takahē lawn will be closed for the next couple of weeks to give them some privacy. Photo of Nio and Orbell by Judi Lapsley Miller Staff are doing all they can to improve the chances of a successful chick, but realise that …

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Thriving Wellington resident kererū voted Bird of the Year

The kereru or wood pigeon, which is thriving in Wellington with a stable population, has been declared 2018 Bird of the Year for the first time.   Photo by Craig McKenzie Described as “in some trouble” on the Bird of the Year site, the kererū received 5833 votes in the public competition to fly to …

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