Saturday, January 21, 2017


Fri, 13/01/2017 - 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!

Thu, 12/01/2017 - 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.



Sun, 04/12/2016 - 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 February 2017!

Details are available here


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


Tue, 18/10/2016 - 16:36

Jack Kinghan of the Bay of Islands International Academy won the Far North Birds New Zealand prize for 2016.  His study, Comparison of Backyard and Forest Birds compared the bird species found in his back yard with those found in Puketi Forest.

Jack (supported by his mother) made 6 trips to the Puketi Forest and six observations of birds in his back yard and compared the results. Jack won a fine pair of binoculars donated by Hunting and Fishing Kerikeri for his efforts.

This is the third year Hunting and Fishing and Birds New Zealand have donated a prize for the best Science Fair bird study.  Previous winners were Tim Baigent of Kaitaia,  (2014) and Max Hart of Kerikeri(2015).

Bay of Islands International Academy is a small culturally diverse publicly funded school with a passion for educational excellence. It is located in Te Tii in the Kerikeri area.

Thu, 13/10/2016 - 14:52

Read results from a recent small petrel study in North Otago here.

This project was supported by our Projects Assitance Fund.