Kōrero: Seabirds – overview

Predators (1 o 2)


Wild cats are a serious threat to seabirds. On New Zealand’s mainland and a number of smaller islands, escaped or abandoned domestic cats survive by eating whatever they can catch in the wild. Birds nesting on the ground and in burrows are easy prey. Stoats, ferrets, weasels, rats, dogs, hedgehogs and wild pigs have also invaded the world of seabirds. Many other native birds, lizards, frogs and insects have been their victims as well. Because these animals lived without mammalian predators until people introduced them, they have not developed strategies to defend themselves.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10055997
Photograph by Grant Harper

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Seabirds – overview - Observing and conserving seabirds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5487/predators (accessed 6 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Kerry-Jayne Wilson, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015