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Peter Foulds

Pūteketeke pandemonium prevails!

After a campaign that will go down in history, the pūteketeke Australasian crested grebe has won Bird of the Century 2023.

A lake-dwelling dancer known for its eye-catching courtship and ferrying its chicks on its back, the pūteketeke is a champion that caught us all by surprise, thanks to a global campaign by British-American comedian John Oliver.

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The polls have fluttered shut for 2023, but the birds still need you! Be a good egg, support New Zealand's flock of fliers and flightless.

Meet the contestants

  • Subantarctic skua details and campaigner

    Subantarctic skuaHākoakoa

    Subantarctic skua
    Subantarctic skua

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Fernbird details and campaigner

    FernbirdMātātā

    Fernbird
    Fernbird

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Kea details and campaigner

    Kea

    Kea
    Kea

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • South Island snipe details and campaigner

    South Island snipeTutukiwi

    South Island snipe
    South Island snipe

    Extinct

    Learn about me →
  • New Zealand falcon details and campaigner

    New Zealand falconKārearea

    New Zealand falcon
    New Zealand falcon

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Pūkeko details and campaigner

    Pūkeko

    Pūkeko
    Pūkeko

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Antipodean albatross details and campaigner

    Antipodean albatrossToroa

    Antipodean albatross
    Antipodean albatross

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Kākāpō details and campaigner

    Kākāpō

    Kākāpō
    Kākāpō

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Bellbird details and campaigner

    BellbirdKorimako

    Bellbird
    Bellbird

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • South Island kōkako details and campaigner

    South Island kōkakoKōkā

    South Island kōkako
    South Island kōkako

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Blue Duck details and campaigner

    Blue DuckWhio

    Blue Duck
    Blue Duck

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Reef heron details and campaigner

    Reef heronMatuku moana

    Reef heron
    Reef heron

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Shore plover details and campaigner

    Shore ploverTūturuatu | Tchūriwat'

    Shore plover
    Shore plover

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Harrier details and campaigner

    HarrierKāhu

    Harrier
    Harrier

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Rock wren details and campaigner

    Rock wrenPīwauwau

    Rock wren
    Rock wren

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Paradise shelduck details and campaigner

    Paradise shelduckPūtangitangi

    Paradise shelduck
    Paradise shelduck

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Orange-fronted parakeet details and campaigner

    Orange-fronted parakeetKākāriki karaka

    Orange-fronted parakeet
    Orange-fronted parakeet

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Australasian bittern details and campaigner

    Australasian bitternMatuku-hūrepo

    Australasian bittern
    Australasian bittern

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Laughing owl details and campaigner

    Laughing owlWhēkau

    Laughing owl
    Laughing owl

    Extinct

    Learn about me →
  • Hutton's shearwater details and campaigner

    Hutton's shearwaterKaikōura tītī

    Hutton's shearwater
    Hutton's shearwater

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Yellow-eyed penguin details and campaigner

    Yellow-eyed penguinHoiho

    Yellow-eyed penguin
    Yellow-eyed penguin

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Variable oystercatcher details and campaigner

    Variable oystercatcherTōrea pango

    Variable oystercatcher
    Variable oystercatcher

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Grey duck details and campaigner

    Grey duckPārera

    Grey duck
    Grey duck

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Royal spoonbill details and campaigner

    Royal spoonbillKōtuku ngutupapa

    Royal spoonbill
    Royal spoonbill

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Southern New Zealand dotterel details and campaigner

    Southern New Zealand dotterelTūturiwhatu

    Southern New Zealand dotterel
    Southern New Zealand dotterel

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • New Zealand dabchick details and campaigner

    New Zealand dabchickWeweia

    New Zealand dabchick
    New Zealand dabchick

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Buller's mollymawk details and campaigner

    Buller's mollymawkToroa

    Buller's mollymawk
    Buller's mollymawk

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Weka details and campaigner

    Weka

    Weka
    Weka

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Saddleback details and campaigner

    SaddlebackTīeke

    Saddleback
    Saddleback

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • White heron details and campaigner

    White heronKōtuku

    White heron
    White heron

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Yellowhead details and campaigner

    YellowheadMohua

    Yellowhead
    Yellowhead

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Morepork details and campaigner

    MoreporkRuru

    Morepork
    Morepork

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Northern New Zealand dotterel details and campaigner

    Northern New Zealand dotterelTūturiwhatu

    Northern New Zealand dotterel
    Northern New Zealand dotterel

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Grey warbler details and campaigner

    Grey warblerRiroriro

    Grey warbler
    Grey warbler

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Australasian gannet details and campaigner

    Australasian gannetTākapu

    Australasian gannet
    Australasian gannet

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Red knot details and campaigner

    Red knotHuahou

    Red knot
    Red knot

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Black-billed gull details and campaigner

    Black-billed gullTarāpuka

    Black-billed gull
    Black-billed gull

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Black stilt details and campaigner

    Black stiltKakī

    Black stilt
    Black stilt

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Scaup details and campaigner

    ScaupPāpango

    Scaup
    Scaup

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Fantail details and campaigner

    FantailPīwakawaka

    Fantail
    Fantail

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Bar-tailed godwit details and campaigner

    Bar-tailed godwitKuaka

    Bar-tailed godwit
    Bar-tailed godwit

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • North Island brown kiwi details and campaigner

    North Island brown kiwiKiwi

    North Island brown kiwi
    North Island brown kiwi

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Kingfisher details and campaigner

    KingfisherKōtare

    Kingfisher
    Kingfisher

    Doing OK

    Learn about me →
  • Red-billed gull details and campaigner

    Red-billed gullTarāpunga

    Red-billed gull
    Red-billed gull

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Spotless crake details and campaigner

    Spotless crakePūweto

    Spotless crake
    Spotless crake

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Long-tailed cuckoo details and campaigner

    Long-tailed cuckooKoekoeā

    Long-tailed cuckoo
    Long-tailed cuckoo

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Takahē details and campaigner

    Takahē

    Takahē
    Takahē

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Huia details and campaigner

    Huia

    Huia
    Huia

    Extinct

    Learn about me →
  • Eastern rockhopper penguin details and campaigner

    Eastern rockhopper penguinTawaki piki toka

    Eastern rockhopper penguin
    Eastern rockhopper penguin

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Brown teal details and campaigner

    Brown tealPāteke

    Brown teal
    Brown teal

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Kōkako details and campaigner

    Kōkako

    Kōkako
    Kōkako

    In some trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Australasian crested grebe details and campaigner

    Australasian crested grebePūteketeke

    Australasian crested grebe
    Australasian crested grebe

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Fiordland crested penguin details and campaigner

    Fiordland crested penguinTawaki

    Fiordland crested penguin
    Fiordland crested penguin

    In serious trouble

    Learn about me →
  • Bush wren details and campaigner

    Bush wrenMātuhituhi

    Bush wren
    Bush wren

    Extinct

    Learn about me →
  • Cook's petrel details and campaigner

    Cook's petrelTītī

    Cook's petrel