The Kererū has been crowned Bird of the Year

With a whoosh-whoosh, the kererū, also known as the kūkū, kūkūpa, or wood pigeon, has swooped to glory for Bird of the Year (Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau) 2018. While the kererū population is classed as stable overall, it is in danger of becoming locally extinct in some areas where there has not been sustained predator control. The fate of many forests is linked to that of the kererū, as it's the only native bird big enough to swallow and disperse the large fruit of karaka, miro, tawa and taraire.

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Albatross (Toroa)

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Arctic Skua

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Banded Dotterel (Pohowera)

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Bar-tailed Godwit (Kuaka)

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Barn Owl

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Bellbird (Korimako)

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Bittern (Matuku)

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Black Petrel (Tāiko)

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Black Robin

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Black-billed Gull (Tarāpuka)

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Black-fronted Tern (Tarapirohe)

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Brown Teal (Pāteke)

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Fairy Tern (Tara Iti)

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Fantail (Pīwakawaka)

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Fernbird (Mātātā)

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Gannet (Tākapu)

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Grey Warbler (Riroriro)

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Harrier (Kāhu)

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Hihi (Stitchbird)

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Hutton's Shearwater (Kaikōura Tītī)

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Kākāpō

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Kakī (Black Stilt)

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Kārearea (New Zealand Falcon)

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Kererū

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Kingfisher (Kōtare)

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Kōkako

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Little Penguin (Kororā)

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New Zealand Dotterel (Tūturiwhatu)

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New Zealand Robin (Toutouwai)

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Orange-fronted Parakeet (Kākāriki Karaka)

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Pūkeko

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Rifleman (Tītipounamu)

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Rock Wren (Pīwauwau)

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Rockhopper Penguin

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Rowi (Okarito Brown Kiwi)

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Royal Spoonbill (Kōtuku Ngutupapa)

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Ruru (Morepork)

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Saddleback (Tīeke)

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Scaup (Pāpango)

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Shag (Kawau)

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Shining Cuckoo (Pīpīwharauroa)

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Shore Plover (Tuturuatu)

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Silvereye (Tauhou)

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South Polar Skua

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Spotless Crake (Pūweto)

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Takahē

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Tawaki (Fiordland Crested Penguin)

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Tomtit (Miromiro)

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Westland Petrel (Tāiko)

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Whenua Hou Diving Petrel

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White Faced Heron (Matuku Moana)

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Whitehead (Pōpokatea)

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Whio (Blue Duck)

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Wrybill (Ngutuparore)

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Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho)

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Our Reigning Champion!

Photo: 
Penzy Dinsdale

The kea was crowned Bird of the Year for 2017.

Known for their curiosity and intelligence, these mountain parrots are classified as Nationally Endangered with just 3,000 - 7,000 birds remaining.

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Previous Winners

  • 2018
    Kererū
  • 2017
    Kea
  • 2016
    Kōkako
  • 2015
    Bar-tailed Godwit (Kuaka)
  • 2014
    Fairy Tern (Tara Iti)
  • 2013
    Mohua
  • 2012
    Kārearea
  • 2011
    Pūkeko
  • 2010
    Kākāriki
  • 2009
    Kiwi
  • 2008
    Kākāpō
  • 2007
    Grey Warbler (Riroriro)
  • 2006
    Fantail (Pīwakawaka)
  • 2005
    Tūī

Our Sponsors

Bird of the Year is proudly supported by Allbirds

As a sustainable business with deep ties to New Zealand, Allbirds is deeply committed to preserving the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of this truly unique country. That’s why they have teamed up with Forest & Bird for Bird of the Year, with a celebratory limited-edition Runner collection inspired by last year’s competition winner, the cheeky and colourful Kea. This special collaboration launched on October 1, the same day the Bird of the Year competition kicks off for 2018.

Allbirds is celebrating its feathery namesake and one of its home countries, all while raising awareness for this important cause. Made exclusively for our friends in New Zealand, the special-edition Kea Wool and Tree Runners, inspired by the colourful palate of last year’s winner, will be available from 9am Monday 1st  October when the Bird of the Year competition launches. And, in a nod to Aotearoa’s +64 area code, 6.4% of all sales will be donated to Forest & Bird to help support their mission.

Check out www.allbirds.co.nz – before the shoes fly off the shelf.