Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Tue, 07/03/2017 - 12:00

The newly released book "Birds: A Field Companion" by Samuel Emerson Scheibel is now available to Birds NZ members at a discount of 20% off RRP ($14.95)!

Birds: A Field Companion is a comprehensive and portable book designed for observing and recording birds in the field for successful identification. This book contains five sections of charts and diagrams for specific bird types. Additionally, there are three supplemental sections for further detailed observations, annotating bird calls, and recording checklists.  With concise diagrams and charts for quickly sketching and noting your observations, you’ll have more time to view birds and make more accurate identifications. This book is small enough to fit in a coat pocket or backpack so it can be carried on your next trip into the field, or keep it next to your favorite window for watching birds at your feeder.

Just visit https://www.createspace.com/6810755 and enter the coupon code 88B7Q7PM to receive your 20% discount!

Offer expires 31 December 2017

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 17:35

The 2017 New Zealand Bird Conference and Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held in

         Te Anau (Southland) during Queens Birthday Weekend (3-5 June 2017)

The conference will comprise two days of scientific papers and workshops, with field trips to local birding highlights on the third day.
The AGM will be held on Saturday afternoon.

Conference details and online registration are available here. Help the organising team and save money by registering before 31 March!

Join us in Fiordland for a fantastic birding weekend!

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 15:10

The exhibition "Buller's Birds: The art of Keulemans and Buchanan" (developed by Te Papa) was held at the Aratoi Museum in Masterton from 18 February until 19 March 2017. 

This unique exhibition was supported by Birds New Zealand and Fruzio! 

Read more here.



Tue, 31/01/2017 - 00:00

From 17 to 21 April 2017 we will be running a "Birds NZ Youth Camp" in the Bay of Islands. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get a hands-on experience with birds and develop skills in bird ecology! Read more here

If you are a student in Year 10 of above and keen to join the camp, send us your applicaton!
Note - this year's camp is already fully booked but if you send us your appliation, we will put you on the waitlist! 

The 2017 Youth Camp is proudly sponsered by Fruzio!



Sat, 28/01/2017 - 10:51

The South Island Kokako Trust is offering a $5000 reward for information resulting in confirmation that it is still alive! Read more here.

Mon, 09/01/2017 - 14:18

Read latest Banding Newsletter here.

Sat, 10/12/2016 - 18:13

Read results from the "Wader Conservation World Watch" - the world shorebird count held in November - here.

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 16:42

A new edition of Birds New Zealand magazine has been published, reporting on the Birds New Zealand Research Fund 2016 funding round, which has awarded funds to new research on Yellow-eyed Penguin (Hoiho), Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki), Kakapo, Northern Brown Kiwi, New Zealand Falcon (Karearea), seabirds of the northern Kermadec Islands, Buller’s Shearwater, Common Diving Petrel, Brown Skua, Australasian Gannet, Mottled Petrel, and native birds in urban ‘restored sites’.

This edition also includes reports on new ‘Birding Expeditions’ to New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands offered by Heritage Expeditions in 2017-18, the results of new research tracking the seasonal movements of Australasian Bitterns in the Hawke’s Bay region, and the results of a new genetic study of the extinct New Zealand Raven and Chatham Island Raven.

There are illustrated feature articles on birdwatching and the birds of the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, and current field research on the seabirds of Subantarctic Kerguelen Island.

The magazine also contains news of the Society’s 2017 Conference and AGM to be held in Te Anau in Fiordland on Queen’s Birthday weekend, the quarterly report of the Society's President, David Lawrie, and reports from the regions.

A pdf file of the December edition can be downloaded HERE or via the Notornis page.



Wed, 23/11/2016 - 14:34

The Banding Office would like to improve the recording and reporting (as well as timely feedback) of colour-banded birds, and has developed two online surveys – open to birders, banders, and anyone who has reported a colour-banded bird or manages a banding project.

The first survey aims to collate information regarding projects that mark birds using colour bands, to improve recording and reporting of colour-banded birds through a searchable database (see South African and European examples).

The second survey focuses on colour band suitability and shortcomings through providing a platform for you to report on your personal insights, preferences and “gut-feel” regarding the suitability and shortcomings of different colour band types (butt-bands, wrap-around bands, jesses, flags, alpha-numeric, etc.), materials (metal powder-coated, Darvic, Salbex, acetate, celluloid, etc.), colours, closing techniques (glue or solder) and suppliers.

Please assist by completing the surveys via the links below. Your feedback will be used to streamline the functions of the Banding Office in terms of colour band record keeping, reporting, stock, and advice.

Many thanks!


Fri, 18/11/2016 - 10:17

The Report on the National Red-billed Gull Survey 2014-2016 is now available here.

This project was supported by the PAF and Fruzio funding.

Read more details and background about this important survey here