Black stiltKakī

Conservation status
In serious trouble

Staunch, fierce, rare, and beautiful, the kakī exemplify all the qualities of true New Zealanders. Once common and widespread throughout most of Aotearoa, these long-legged charmers are now only found in the braided river habitats of the Mackenzie Basin. Kakī found itself on the brink of extinction by the 1980s, with only 23 birds left in the wild. Thanks to conservation efforts, numbers are slowly increasing with 169 adults in the wild. When we think of birds which matter to us we want all New Zealanders to think of the courageous kakī - the bird that came back from the brink. Kia Kaha Kakī!

Campaign Manager

Jordan Cunningham

Jordan Cunningham

Just a big bird fan, who has always enjoyed the banter, competition, fun and birding that Bird of the Year brings us! Keen to represent the incredible kakī that needs our help to ensure it's survival. #Kakī4BOTY

Black stilt

Credit: Liz Brown