Kaikōura TītīHutton's Shearwater

Conservation status
In serious trouble

Hutton's shearwaters are unique to the seaward ranges of Kaikōura. The 2016 Kaikōura earthquake affected their habitat in the mountains, destroying about 15% of their nesting area and reducing their population by a third. They are the only seabird in New Zealand to nest high in the mountains, commuting each day down the slopes at 150km/h to get to their "office", the sea, and returning back to the ranges in the evening.

Credit - Richard Robinson