Congratulations to the kākāpō for winning Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau/Bird of the Year!

These critically endangered “moss chickens” used to live throughout Aotearoa, but today they only survive on predator free islands. Thanks to intensive conservation efforts, the kākāpō have come back from the edge of extinction. Their numbers have grown from just 50 birds in the 1990s, to 213 individuals today.

Unfortunately, many of New Zealand's native birds are in trouble and need your help. Eighty percent of our birds are threatened or at risk of extinction. Their habitats are being destroyed or degraded by introduced predators, pollution, human development, and climate change.

Thank you for participating in Bird of the Year 2020 and getting to get to know our amazing native birds – your support gives nature a voice.

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Past Champions

A look back at our esteemed BOTY winners

Yellow-eyed penguin
2019Yellow-eyed penguin
Bar-tailed Godwit
2015Bar-tailed Godwit