You can select up to 5 birds for Bird of the Year 2019Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau 2019

Learn about the new voting system

New Zealand’s birds are wonderful. It’s difficult to pick just one favourite, so this year you can vote for up to five birds. Just rank your favourite birds from one to five.

Voting opens at 9am on Monday 28 October and closes at 5pm on Sunday 10 November.

Sadly, many of New Zealand's native birds are in crisis. Two thirds of our birds are threatened with extinction. Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year celebrates our unique birds and with each vote you help give them a voice.

Another way you can help New Zealand’s amazing native wildlife is by making a donation to Forest & Bird, New Zealand’s independent voice for nature.

Past Champions

A look back at our esteemed BOTY winners

Bar-tailed Godwit
2015Bar-tailed Godwit
Fairy Tern
2014Fairy Tern