The kāhu's loping flying style and dashing courtship displays make it the gent of our skies. When it comes to mating season, they will let out the occasional whistle during display flights – males let out a “kee-a” to which the female responds with a “kee-o”. These beautiful birds fly close to the ground when hunting for prey. Their sharp eyes and sense of hearing make them very successful, particularly on open ground.
I run Oxford Bird Rescue, a DOC (Department of Conservation) permitted dedicated raptor rescue operating in the South Island working with all five of the New Zealand raptors. Oxford Bird Rescue is synonymous with raptors in general but specifically with the kāhu, rehabbing this native harrier for both South Island based wildlife hospitals as well as birds that come to us directly. We love working with these majestic birds and relish opportunity to raise awareness for them.