Story: Wetland birds

Distribution of Australasian bittern and royal spoonbill

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Australasian bitterns are thinly scattered in the North and South islands, with most birds in the northern North Island. Royal spoonbills only breed at a few sites, but spread out around coastal and some inland sites the rest of the year.

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Source: C. J. R. Robertson, P. Hyvönen, M. J. Fraser, and C. R. Pickard, Atlas of bird distribution in New Zealand, 1999–2004. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 2007

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How to cite this page:

Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Bitterns and spoonbills', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/14618/distribution-of-australasian-bittern-and-royal-spoonbill (accessed 25 February 2020)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015