Wrybill is the only bird worldwide with a laterally curved bill which it uses to probe for insect larvae under stones on the braided riverbeds in Canterbury and Otago where it breeds. The colouration of adults, eggs and chicks provide superb camouflage. The peculiar bill is also useful on North Island tidal flats where birds spend most of the year.
Keith Woodley, Pukorokoro Miranda Centre Manager
Wrybill are the poster bird for braided rivers – unique birds in an awesome landscape. We need to look after those rivers to secure a future not only for them, but for other river birds – Kaki/ Black Stilt, Tarapirohe/Black-fronted tern, Tarapuka/Black-billed Gull, and Pohowera/Banded Dotterel.
Found only in New Zealand most of the Wrybill population migrate to the Auckland region after breeding – yet few New Zealanders have ever heard of them. We at team Wrybill – a collaboration of Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre and Braided River Aid want to change that. So, if any of these birds are your favourite, it would be great to vote for them all, but even better if you put Wrybill at the top of your list. A vote for Wrybill is a vote for all of these species and their remarkable habitat.