Friday, February 24, 2017


Wed, 01/02/2017 - 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the friendly Southland Region for what should be a fantastic weekend of birds and birding!

Wed, 01/02/2017 - 14:27

This scholarship for post-grad students is sponsored by the George Mason Charitable Trust and named in commemoration of David Medway. 

Applications close 13 March 2017*!

Details are available here
*Note - the closing date was previously advertised as 13 February, but this has since been officially changed to 13 March.
Tue, 31/01/2017 - 00:00

From 17 to 21 April 2016 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

Tue, 01/11/2016 - 13:20

As part of a suite of changes and improvements in the Banding Office, Michelle has introduced a newsletter to keep banders informed of changes, training opportunities, banding updates, equipment offers and suchlike. It will also include band recovery anecdotes, project updates, discussions, and banding banter…

Read the first Banding Newsletter HERE