Bird of the Year ‹ Forest & Bird

Credit: Iain McGregor/Stuff from 'This is How it Ends' series.

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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.

  1. Antipodean albatrossToroa
    Antipodean albatross
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  2. Arctic skuaHākoakoa
    Arctic skua
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  3. Australasian crested grebePūteketeke
    Australasian crested grebe
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  4. Australasian gannetTākapu
    Australasian gannet
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  5. Banded dotterelTūturiwhatu, kūkuruatu, pohowera
    Banded dotterel
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  6. Banded railMoho pererū
    Banded rail
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  7. Bar-tailed godwitKuaka
    Bar-tailed godwit
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  8. BellbirdKorimako/makomako
    Bellbird
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  9. BitternMatuku
    Bittern
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  10. Black petrelTāiko
    Black petrel
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  11. Black robinKakaruia
    Black robin
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  12. Black stiltKakī
    Black stilt
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  13. Black-billed gullTarāpuka
    Black-billed gull
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  14. Black-fronted ternTarapirohe
    Black-fronted tern
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  15. Blue duckWhio
    Blue duck
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  16. Brown tealPāteke
    Brown teal
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  17. Cook's petrelTītī
    Cook's petrel
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  18. Fairy ternTara iti
    Fairy tern
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  19. FantailPīwakawaka
    Fantail
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  20. FernbirdMātātā
    Fernbird
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  21. Fiordland crested penguinTawaki
    Fiordland crested penguin
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  22. Great spotted kiwiRoroa
    Great spotted kiwi
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  23. Grey duckPārera
    Grey duck
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  24. Grey warblerRiroriro
    Grey warbler
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  25. HarrierKāhu
    Harrier
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  26. Hutton's shearwaterKaikōura tītī
    Hutton's shearwater
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  27. Kea
    Kea
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  28. Kererū
    Kererū
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  29. KingfisherKōtare
    Kingfisher
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  30. Kākā
    Kākā
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  31. Kākāpō
    Kākāpō
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  32. Kōkako
    Kōkako
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  33. Little penguinKororā
    Little penguin
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  34. Little spotted kiwiKiwi pukupuku
    Little spotted kiwi
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  35. Long-tailed cuckooKoekoeā
    Long-tailed cuckoo
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  36. MoreporkRuru
    Morepork
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  37. New Zealand dabchickWeweia
    New Zealand dabchick
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  38. New Zealand falconKārearea
    New Zealand falcon
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  39. New Zealand robinToutouwai
    New Zealand robin
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  40. North Island brown kiwi
    North Island brown kiwi
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  41. Northern New Zealand dotterelTūturiwhatu
    Northern New Zealand dotterel
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  42. Okarito brown kiwiRowi
    Okarito brown kiwi
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  43. Orange-fronted parakeetKākāriki karaka
    Orange-fronted parakeet
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  44. Paradise shelduckPūtangitangi
    Paradise shelduck
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  45. Pied shagKāruhiruhi
    Pied shag
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  46. PipitPīhoihoi
    Pipit
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  47. Pūkeko
    Pūkeko
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  48. Red knotHuahou
    Red knot
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  49. Red-billed gullTarāpunga
    Red-billed gull
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  50. Red-crowned parakeetKākāriki
    Red-crowned parakeet
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  51. Reef heronMatuku moana
    Reef heron
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  52. RiflemanTitipounamu/tuke
    Rifleman
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  53. Rock wrenPīwauwau
    Rock wren
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  54. Rockhopper penguin
    Rockhopper penguin
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  55. Royal spoonbillKōtuku ngutupapa
    Royal spoonbill
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  56. SaddlebackTīeke
    Saddleback
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  57. ScaupPāpango
    Scaup
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  58. Shining cuckooPīpīwharauroa
    Shining cuckoo
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  59. Shore ploverTuturuatu
    Shore plover
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  60. SilvereyeTauhou
    Silvereye
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  61. South Island kōkakoKōkā
    South Island kōkako
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  62. South Island pied oystercatcherTōrea
    South Island pied oystercatcher
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  63. Southern New Zealand dotterelTūturiwhatu
    Southern New Zealand dotterel
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  64. Southern brown kiwiTokoeka
    Southern brown kiwi
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  65. Spotless crakePūweto
    Spotless crake
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  66. StitchbirdHihi
    Stitchbird
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  67. Subantarctic snipeTutukiwi
    Subantarctic snipe
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  68. Takahē
    Takahē
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  69. TomtitMiromiro / Ngirungiru
    Tomtit
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  70. Tūī
    Tūī
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  71. Variable oystercatcherTōrea pango
    Variable oystercatcher
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  72. Weka
    Weka
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  73. Welcome swallowWarou
    Welcome swallow
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  74. White heronKōtuku
    White heron
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  75. White-faced heronMatuku moana
    White-faced heron
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  76. WhiteheadPōpokatea
    Whitehead
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  77. WrybillNgutu pare
    Wrybill
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  78. Yellow-eyed penguinHoiho
    Yellow-eyed penguin
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  79. YellowheadMohua
    Yellowhead
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