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Royal Spoonbill – National Census

November 18th, 2023

Birds NZ has been documenting the increase in population and breeding of royal spoonbill in NZ since the late 1970s. The last census was in 2012 when 2361 birds were recorded. Birds NZ regions will collectively do another winter census in 2024 to see if the population of royal spoonbill is still increasing. In addition, Birds NZ is planning to locate colonies and count nests of royal spoonbill during the 2024/2025 breeding season to find out whether royal spoonbill are continuing to extend their breeding range within NZ.

For more information contact the survey coordinator