Black robinKarure | Kakaruia

Conservation status
In serious trouble

This bird once eyeballed extinction but has since made an almighty comeback. Once it had five birds to its name, now it numbers 250 birds. So all of today's kakaruia are descendants of the last breeding pair, Old Blue (f) and Old Yellow (m). This amazing turn-around modeled new fostering programmes to save other endangered birds around the world.

Campaign Manager



At Honeywrap we are proud to use our voice to support Forest & Bird for the fifth year in a row, and to inspire people to care about our environment and our amazing New Zealand birds. We love our black robin and are proud to campaign for the Chatham Island black robin or kakaruia/karure again for 2022!

Honeywrap is a local New Zealand business that is passionate about reducing the amount of plastic on our planet – our beeswax wraps are a sustainable, natural, reusable alternative to plastic food storage. Saving the planet is a team effort and we would love to have you join the Honeywrap family on our mission to eliminate single use plastic. #TeamBlackRobin

Black robin

Photo: Don Merton