Story: Bird migration

Manukau Harbour

Manukau Harbour

Manukau Harbour is one of the most important sites for migratory waders. Its vast mudflats support thousands of bar-tailed godwits and lesser knots, several hundred turnstones, and species rarer in New Zealand, such as the Pacific golden plover, red-necked stints, whimbrels, curlew sandpipers, and sharp-tailed sandpipers. It is also important for internal migrants including South Island pied oystercatchers, pied stilts and wrybills that breed further south in New Zealand.

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Christina Troup, 'Bird migration - International arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Christina Troup, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015