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Birds of Puketi Forest

Puketi Forest was once full of the songs of many different birds. Today, because of predators like rats, stoats, weasels and possums, many of the birds have disappeared. The North Island kokako, for example, no longer inhabits the forest—but we aim to bring these birds back as soon as possible.

How many species of birds can you find in the forest scene below? Click on a bird to find out more about that species of bird and to listen to its song.

Approximately 41 species of bird have been recorded in Puketi Forest, including the following:

North Island Brown Kiwi, White Faced Heron, Paradise Shelduck, Mallard Duck, Grey Duck, Australasian Harrier, Ring Necked Pheasant, Californian Quail, Brown Quail, Banded Rail, Pukeko, Black Backed Gull, New Zealand Wood Pigeon, Kaka, Eastern Rosella, Red Crowned Parakeet, Shining Cuckoo, Long Tailed Cuckoo, Morepork, Grey Warbler, Welcome Swallow, Silver Eye (Waxeye), Song Thrush, Dunnock, Skylark, New Zealand Pipit, Fern Bird, Fantail, Tomtit, North Island Kokako, Tui, House sparrow, Chaffinch, Redpoll, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Yellowhammer, Starling, Mynah, Australian Magpie, Blackbird.

Did you know? Nearly half (19) of these are birds have been introduced to New Zealand and are not native.

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