Story: Land birds – overview

White-backed magpies

White-backed magpies

Most non-native birds were brought to New Zealand from Britain, to help recreate the environment familiar to the first British settlers. However, magpies were brought from Australia.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Land birds – overview - Habitats: introduced and native land birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2015