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2021 New Zealand Bird Conference

This year’s New Zealand Bird Conference and AGM of Birds New Zealand will be held in Thames (Coromandel) from 5-7 June 2021 (Queens Birthday Weekend). Online registration and details are now available on Early registrations close on 28 February 2021. Abstracts of talks and posters should be submitted to no later than 28 February 2021.

Survey – Covid-19 Influence on Birdwatching

The following survey is part of an ongoing study that investigates the influence of Covid-19 on birdwatching in different countries. To help and take part in this short survey, please answer the questions on Results from the previous study are available for open access on The study is hosted by the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and […]

South Auckland Newsletter

Download the latest South Auckland newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

Otago Newsletter

Download the latest Otago newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

Special Offer for Members!

Two newly released books are now available to Birds New Zealand members for a 10% discount and free delivery within New Zealand! Order online at and enter the coupon code BIRD20 at the shopping cart to receive your 10% discount! Offer ends 31 January 2021! Drawn to the Wild: Paintings of New Zealand birds by Nicolas Dillon  $59.99 Nicolas Dillon is […]

Satellite Tracking Tawaki

Read the latest quarterly report on the Tawaki Project here To learn more about this project visit All reports are available for download on the project website under “Current Projects”:

Canterbury Newsletter “Wrybill”

Download the latest Canterbury newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here

September edition of Birds New Zealand magazine published

The September 2020 edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, reporting on the results of research funded by Birds New Zealand on the benefits of restored urban forest for native birds, a new NZ Scaup population assessment, an aerial seabird survey of northern NZ, and the effects of translocations on Saddleback song diversity. […]

Banding Newsletter September 2020

The latest Banding Newsletter is now available here Learn more about the New Zealand Banding Scheme here

Regional Representatives – Voluntary Role

Regional Representatives play a leadership role in Birds New Zealand’s regional branches by organising projects, coordinating branch meetings and field trips, communicating with members, and promoting the Society. We are currently looking for people to volunteer as Regional Representatives in the following regions: Far North  –  Whanganui  –  Wellington   If you are interested in […]

Banded Rail – Habitat Study

PhD candidate Jacques de Satge has spent much of the last year tracking and monitoring banded rail in New Zealand’s northern harbours. Multiple footprint surveys consistently found banded rail prints within interior mangrove habitat, while prints were found less frequently along the seaward edge of mangroves and were largely absent from adjacent mudflat habitats. Initial […]

2019 Annual Report

The 2019 Annual Report on behalf of Council is available for download here

Wellington Newsletter

Download the latest Wellington newsletter here Other recent newsletters from around the regions are available here 

New Membership Secretary

We welcome Imogen Warren who has taken on the important voluntary role of the Society’s Membership Secretary!

Birds New Zealand condemns racism and supports diversity

The Council of Birds New Zealand is watching with sadness and grave concern as events in the United States of America unfold. We have seen the media coverage showing violence directed towards African-Americans, all too often with fatal consequences. We stand with other scientific societies from America and around the world in condemning racism and […]

World Albatross Day

On 19 June the first ever World Albatross Day was celebrated around the globe. The day honours these magnificent birds and highlights the ongoing conservation crisis they face. Read the media release here

The Great Godwit Count

Read more about the 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit Count here

NZ Bird Atlas – Webinars

Thank you to all those who took part in the Atlas Webinars! We are keen on your feedback – please fill in the brief survey here. If you missed the live webinars you can find the links to watch them anytime here. Additional links and media releases are available on the eBird Atlas Portal. You can find details about the […]

Birdlife International – Magazine Free to Download

The latest magazine of Birdlife International is available free to download here The 64 pages include articles related to the Pacific and Australia and provide great lockdown reading!

National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity

Late in 2019 the Associate Minister for Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, launched a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity for public consultation. The broad objective of a National Policy Statement is to maintain indigenous biodiversity under the Resource Management Act 1991, building on good practice. As explained by the President in his circular letter […]

Pacific Is. Bird Conservation and Research Fund

The Pacific Islands Bird Conservation and Research Fund was created in 2008 to support conservation management and research on bird species classed as endangered by BirdLife International and breeding on Pacific islands, but excluding New Zealand.  The Fund is administered by the J S Watson Trust through the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of […]

Nest Record Scheme

With the winter season soon turning into spring, we need your help in increasing our knowledge of a very important aspect of bird behaviour! With the Nest Recording Scheme you can help to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Are you able to observe birds nesting in your garden or neighbourhood park; or are you […]

Greeting Cards for Sale

A set of 12 new greetings cards were offered for sale at the 2019 Birds New Zealand conference. The new cards depict 12 different New Zealand birds that occur in most parts of the country and show the new society logo. Cards are folded for use; they are shown flat in these images The greetings cards […]