Story: Wading birds

New Zealand shore plover

New Zealand shore plover

New Zealand shore plover males have a striking black head (brown for females), separated from a brown skull-cap by a white band. Before the arrival of Norway rats and feral cats, shore plovers were common around the mainland, but by the 20th century there were only a few in the Chatham Islands. The Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre at Mt Bruce has been breeding the birds in captivity for release on predator-free islands such as Mana, north of Wellington.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Wrybills and shore plovers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

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