Hutton's shearwaterKaikōura tītī

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.

Hutton's shearwater

Credit - Richard Robinson