Conservation status
In some trouble

These are the endemic songster of our swamps and saltmarshes. You are more likely to hear them before you see them, yet, if you are lucky enough, there may be another nearby. While living in pairs, they communicate with a high pitched "u-tick". If you click two stones together, you may see one poke its head up out of its hiding spot in curiosity.

Campaign Manager

Team Fernbird/Mātātā for Bird of the Year

Welcome to Team Fernbird/Mātātā for Bird of the Year! Our names are Max and Allie Cunninghame and we’re running the campaign for Fernbird this year. Max is a high school student in Ōtepoti and Allie works in the Otago University.

We believe the Fernbird is a great little bird that’s sadly undervalued. It deserves more recognition than it got last year. We know that there are some VIP birds looking to take out the #1 spot, but we want you help out our little mate and vote Fernbird as your #2 choice (or #1!) this year.

Max Cunninghame