Story: Wading birds

Black stilt stamp

Black stilt stamp

The black stilt or kakī was once widespread around New Zealand, but now only small numbers survive in the Mackenzie Basin, South Canterbury. Introduced predators and reduction of habitat have been the main cause of their decline. The species is commemorated here in a postage stamp issued in 2000 and designed by wildlife artist Paul Martinson.

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Reference: 2000 Threatened Birds stamp series

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Stilts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

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