Birds of Great Barrier Island and Kaikoura Island
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Over the years with the clearing of the land,
the proliferation of predators and the demise of suitable food and shelter
the bird population of Kaikoura Island was greatly reduced. Now, with
the work of restoration begun, the regeneration of native tree species
including a proposed planting programme and a predator eradication programme
the hope is that the birds will re-establish their populations on the
Many of birds found on Great Barrier Island are also found on Kaikoura
Island. The Kaka (nestor meridionalis) is a particularly noisy species
and can be seen in significant numbers on Kaikoura Island, especially
amongst the pine trees where they shred the pine cones to get at the seeds.
Brown Teal (anas chlorotis) are also found around the island. The only
sustainable population of this species is found on Great Barrier Island at
Other native species found on Great Barrier Island and sighted around
Kaikoura Island are;
NZ Pigeon (kereru), tui, fantail, kingfisher, pied shag, white faced heron,
banded rail and shining cuckoo.