Congratulations to the pekapeka long-tailed bat!

New Zealand only has two land mammals, and they’re both bats. This is the first time our native bat has been included in Bird of the Year, and it has flown away with the title. These flying furballs are threatened by the same problems as our native birds - predators, habitat loss and climate change. The more we do to protect them, the more it helps their feathered friends, and vice versa.

Bird of the Year will return for 2022 on 17 October.

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  • Allbirds

    allbirds 2021
  • Benetto

    Benotto Chocolate
  • Metalbird

    Metalbird
  • ecostore

    ecostore

Past Champions

A look back at our esteemed BOTY winners

Long-tailed bat
2021Long-tailed bat
Kākāpō
2020Kākāpō
Yellow-eyed penguin
2019Yellow-eyed penguin
Kererū
2018Kererū
Kea
2017Kea