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Stilt, Black
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Himantopus novaezelandiae
Australasia, Global, New Zealand Read more
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The estimate of 40 individuals (roughly equivalent to 27 mature individuals) is based on 20 productive breeding pairs at end of 2007-2008 season; a total of 78 'mature individuals' were counted in 2008 (R. Maloney in litt. 2008), but it is unclear how many of these were captive bred and have not yet ...
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Despite 20 years of intensive protection, this species remains the rarest wading bird in the world.[ 2] Intensive management of kaki began in 1981, when the population had declined to just 23 adult birds.[ 3] The current wild population is estimated at 85 adult birds (February 2010). There is a captive population of some 13 adults. Annual release in the wild of captive-bred birds, and predator control have probably prevented kaki from becoming extinct in the wild. During the breeding season, it is restricted to the Mackenzie basin in the South Island. The majority of kaki will also overwinter in the Mackenzie basin, unlike other waders in the region that migrate to warmer climates for winter. ...
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