The bar-tailed godwit (kuaka) has been crowned New Zealand’s Bird of the Year for 2015!
These lunatic long-distance fliers have the longest migratory flight of any bird in the world. They travel over 11,000 kilometres from Alaska to reach New Zealand in less than 10 days and lose half their body weight in the process!
Between 80,000 - 100,00 godwits begin arriving in the country from late September, but their numbers have been dropping by 2% every year. Habitat loss is a massive problem, especially in east Asia where most of them stop to refuel. And of course, like many of our native species, climate change will pose challenges for them in the future.
Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading nature conservation organisation. We’re a not-for-profit working to protect birds in many ways and we need your help. Since our formation in 1923, we have played a vital role in helping to turn around the precarious situation of many of our native plants and animals – through community-driven predator control and advocacy work.
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