The Kōkako has been crowned New Zealand’s Bird of the Year for 2016!

Best known for its deep organ-like call, the Kōkako is a large slate-grey bird with blue wattles.

Once threatened with extinction there were just 660 Kōkako left in 1999. But today, their numbers have passed 3000 individuals, and populations are recovering thanks to predator control and translocation programmes.

The Kōkako’s successful campaign to win Bird of the Year was led by 16-year-old Oscar Thomas from Auckland, with help from the Rotoehu Ecological Trust in the Bay of Plenty.

Albatross

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775 votes

Banded Dotterel

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164 votes

Bar Tailed Godwit

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65 votes

Barn Owl

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178 votes

Bellbird (Korimako)

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323 votes

Bittern

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158 votes

Black Billed Gull

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86 votes

Black Petrel (Taiko)

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68 votes

Blue Duck (Whio)

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165 votes

Brown Teal (Pāteke)

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172 votes

Chatham Island Black Robin

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314 votes

Fairy Tern (Tara Iti)

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128 votes

Fantail (Piwakawaka)

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1508 votes

Fernbird (Kotata)

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71 votes

Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki)

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78 votes

Gannet (Takapu)

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108 votes

Grey Warbler (Riroriro)

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288 votes

Harrier (Kahu)

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250 votes

Hihi (Stitchbird)

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243 votes

Hutton's shearwater

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67 votes
539 votes

Kākāpō

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654 votes

Kākāriki

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126 votes

Kakī (Black Stilt)

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620 votes

Kārearea (New Zealand Falcon)

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527 votes
2608 votes

Kererū

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511 votes

Kingfisher (Kōtare)

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342 votes
152 votes

Kōkako

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3614 votes

Little Blue Penguin (Korora)

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190 votes
60 votes

New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

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251 votes

New Zealand Robin (Toutouwai)

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205 votes

New Zealand Scaup (Pāpango)

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81 votes

Pūkeko

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146 votes

Rifleman (Tītipounamu)

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120 votes

Rock Wren

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104 votes

Royal Spoonbill

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165 votes

Ruru (Morepork)

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900 votes

Saddleback (Tieke)

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336 votes
49 votes

Shining Cuckoo

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73 votes

Shore Plover (Tūturuatu)

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47 votes

Sooty Shearwater

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493 votes

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

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97 votes

Spur-Winged Plover

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38 votes

Takahē

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187 votes
145 votes
597 votes
242 votes

White Faced Heron

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55 votes

Wrybill

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69 votes

Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho)

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139 votes

Previous winners

2016

Kōkako

2015

Bar Tailed Godwit

2014

Fairy Tern / Tara Iti

2013

Mohua

2012

Karearea

2011

Pukeko

2010

Kākāriki

2009

Kiwi

2008

Kakapo

2007

Grey Warbler

2006

Fantail

2005

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