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List of birds of New Zealand

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List of birds of New Zealand

In this list of New Zealand birds, Māori names (where known) are given first, followed by English alternatives. In some cases (tui, kākā, weka, pūkeko, moa, kiwi, kea, kōkako, takahē) the Māori name is the common name. In other cases (fantail, albatross, black-backed gull, bellbird, morepork, dotterel, wax-eye, oystercatcher) the English name is most commonly used.

The species and subspecies marked extinct became extinct subsequent to humans' arrival in New Zealand. About two thirds of the extinctions occurred after the arrival of Māori but before the arrival of Pākehā and the rest since Pākehā arrived.

In June 2010 the 4th Edition of the Checklist of the birds of New Zealand and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica was published by Te Papa Press, in association with the Ornithological Society of New Zealand.


  • Sphenisciformes 1
  • Procellariiformes 2
  • Pelecaniformes 3
  • Anseriformes 4
  • Gruiformes 5
  • Galliformes 6
  • Charadriiformes 7
  • Columbiformes 8
  • Podicipediformes 9
  • Falconiformes 10
  • Strigiformes 11
  • Caprimulgiformes 12
  • Apodiformes 13
  • Cuculiformes 14
  • Psittaciformes 15
  • Passeriformes 16
  • Struthioniformes 17
  • See also 18
  • References 19
  • External links 20


















See also


  • Barrie Heather & Hugh Robertson (1996) The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand ISBN 0-670-86911-2
  • Splitting headaches? Recent taxonomic changes affecting the British and Western Palaearctic lists - Martin Collinson, British Birds vol 99 (June 2006), 306-323
  1. ^ Fox, Rebecca (2008-11-20). "Ancient species of penguin found in DNA of bones". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

External links

  • What Bird? a tool for identifying birds that are likely to be encountered in and around New Zealand forests (not intended to be a complete database of the birds of New Zealand).
  • New Zealand recognized bird names (NZRBN) from the Ornithological Society of New Zealand. Includes the New Zealand Threat Classification. (PDF format)
  • The 'Official' New Zealand Birders Checklist
  • Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic BirdsComplete list of bird species in the , the standard reference, is available online.
  • List of Māori names of birds
  • Department of Conservation - New Zealand birds
  • TerraNature New Zealand native birds list
  • New Zealand bird checklist with photos
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