Conservation status
Doing OK

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.

Campaign Manager

Scott & Tracey

Oxford Bird Rescue, run by Scott and Tracey Bowman, is a dedicated raptor rescue and rehabilitation facility. The two main birds of prey that OBR works with are little owls and swamp harriers, more commonly known as harrier hawks or kāhu. As well as taking in birds from members of the public they also rehabilitate harriers for the Christchurch and Dunedin wildlife hospitals.
Harriers are heavily impacted by human activity with hundreds every year being killed and injured by vehicle strike as they feed on carrion on the roads and from lead poisoning where they have eaten shot carrion and ingested the remains of lead ammunition. OBR believe awareness of these things is hugely important and why they have campaigned for them. #votekahu
Check out the work we do through the links below.
Scott Bowman holding a kāhu up in the air

Photo: © Shellie Evans