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.

Albatross

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321 votes

Banded Dotterel

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136 votes

Bar Tailed Godwit

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1957 votes

Barn Owl

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92 votes

Bellbird (Korimako)

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219 votes

Bittern

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520 votes

Black Billed Gull

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74 votes

Black Petrel (Taiko)

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74 votes

Blue Duck (Whio)

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120 votes

Brown Teal (Pāteke)

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62 votes

Campbell Island Teal

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51 votes

Chatham Island Black Robin

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218 votes

Fairy Tern (Tara Iti)

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122 votes

Fantail (Piwakawaka)

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331 votes

Fernbird (Kotata)

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52 votes

Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki)

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53 votes

Gannet (Takapu)

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55 votes

Grey Warbler (Riroriro)

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185 votes

Harrier (Kahu)

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64 votes

Hihi (Stitchbird)

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157 votes

Hutton's shearwater

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72 votes
988 votes

Kākāpō

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491 votes

Kākāriki

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152 votes

Kakī (Black Stilt)

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43 votes

Kārearea (New Zealand Falcon)

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590 votes
633 votes

Kererū

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475 votes

Kermadec Storm Petrel

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83 votes

Kingfisher (Kōtare)

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260 votes
155 votes

Kōkako

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1814 votes

Little Blue Penguin (Korora)

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127 votes
46 votes

New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

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64 votes

New Zealand Robin (Toutouwai)

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145 votes

Pūkeko

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68 votes

Rifleman (Tītipounamu)

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94 votes

Rock Wren

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65 votes

Royal Spoonbill

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95 votes

Ruru (Morepork)

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514 votes

Saddleback (Tieke)

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146 votes
39 votes

Shining Cuckoo

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50 votes

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

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66 votes

Takahē

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177 votes
93 votes
305 votes
201 votes

White Faced Heron

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39 votes

Wrybill

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179 votes

Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho)

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78 votes

Previous winners

2014

Fairy Tern / Tara Iti

2013

Mohua

2012

Karearea

2011

Pukeko

2010

Kakariki

2009

Kiwi

2008

Kakapo

2007

Grey Warbler

2006

Fantail

2005

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