Story: South Canterbury region

The endangered kakī

The endangered kakī

The black stilt or kakī is one of the world’s most endangered birds. Once common throughout New Zealand, it is now restricted to the braided rivers of the Mackenzie Basin. Introduced predators and reduction of habitat have been the main reasons for their decline. A captive breeding programme run by the Department of Conservation at Twizel aims to save the kakī from extinction.

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Reference: 2000 Threatened Birds stamp series

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Climate, vegetation and wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11320/the-endangered-kaki (accessed 16 December 2017)

Story by John Wilson, updated 2 Feb 2017