TāikoBlack petrel

Conservation status
In serious trouble

The black petrel is the party leader species representing all of the amazing petrel species in Aotearoa. As New Zealand's most bogan bird (according to former campaign manager Jacinda Ardern), these remarkable birds frequent the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, breeding on just two off-shore islands (Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island). These petrel-heads are in serious trouble. Their biggest threats are introduced mammalian predators and being caught as bycatch by commercial fishing vessels.

Black Petrel

Photo: © Martin Sanders