Story: Wading birds

Waders that migrate regularly to New Zealand (2nd of 3)

These birds breed in Asia or the Arctic during the northern hemisphere summer, and set off to New Zealand before the northern winter sets in. Most arrive New Zealand in the southern spring (around September), and return in autumn (March to May) to their breeding grounds. Small numbers remain in New Zealand through the winter. These are mostly young birds, not yet ready to breed.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - New Zealand’s wading birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015