Australasian bitternMatuku-hūrepo

Conservation status
In serious trouble

A heavyset, exquisitely camouflaged bird in the heron family, the bittern is so elusive that most people have never heard of it, let alone seen one. Listen for the male matuku-hūrepo's booming call during spring – it sounds a bit like someone blowing across the top of a glass bottle.

Campaign Manager

The Forest Bridge Trust

The Forest Bridge Trust

Our roots are in rural Rodney, and being local, we understand the realities of living on the land. At TFBT our approach is underpinned by collaboratively working with landowners and all members of the community. We strive to connect the best information, people and services to our communities so that they can make the right decisions for their land or area to enable the protection, enhancement and connection of forest remnants, wetlands and other landscape which provide safe habitat for indigenous wildlife. #OnceBitternTwiceShy

Australasian bittern