Voting is now open for Bird of the Year 2017.

What many people don’t know is that most of New Zealand's unique native birds are in trouble. A third are at risk of becoming extinct if nothing is done to protect them. Their habitats have been destroyed and introduced mammalian predators such as stoats, possums, and rats kill their eggs, young, birds, and even adults.

Lend your voice to help New Zealand birds by supporting Bird of the Year - with your vote, your voice, or a donation.

Voting closes on Monday 23 October at 5pm.

The winning bird will be announced on RNZ's morning report on Tuesday 24 October at 8:45am.

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Albatross (Toroa)

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550 votes
In some trouble

Banded Dotterel (Tūturiwhatu)

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690 votes
In serious trouble

Barn Owl

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208 votes
Doing OK

Bar Tailed Godwit (Kuaka)

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93 votes
In some trouble

Bellbird (Korimako)

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411 votes
Doing OK

Bittern (Matuku)

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442 votes
In serious trouble

Black Fronted Tern (Tarapirohe)

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206 votes
In serious trouble

Black Robin

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1666 votes
In serious trouble

Black Billed Gull (Tarāpuka)

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794 votes
In serious trouble

Blue Duck (Whio)

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798 votes
In serious trouble

Brown Teal (Pāteke)

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89 votes
In some trouble

Fairy Tern (Tara Iti)

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416 votes
In serious trouble

Fantail (Piwakawaka)

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1115 votes
Doing OK

Fernbird (Kotata)

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98 votes
In some trouble

Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki)

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389 votes
In serious trouble

Gannet (Takapu)

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78 votes
Doing OK

Grey Warbler (Riroriro)

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326 votes
Doing OK

Harrier (Kahu)

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142 votes
Doing OK

Hihi (Stitchbird)

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1743 votes
In serious trouble

Hutton's Shearwater

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308 votes
In serious trouble
571 votes
In some trouble

Kākāpō

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1990 votes
In serious trouble

Kākāriki

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231 votes
In some trouble

Kakī (Black Stilt)

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768 votes
In serious trouble

Kārearea (New Zealand Falcon)

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1007 votes
In some trouble
6330 votes
In serious trouble

Kererū

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3888 votes
In some trouble

Kingfisher (Kōtare)

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474 votes
Doing OK
553 votes
In serious trouble

Kōkako

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1269 votes
In serious trouble

Little Blue Penguin (Korora)

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639 votes
In some trouble
106 votes
In some trouble

New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

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135 votes
In some trouble

New Zealand Robin (Toutouwai)

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527 votes
In some trouble

Pūkeko

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191 votes
Doing OK

Rifleman (Tītipounamu)

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208 votes
Doing OK

Rock Wren (Pīwauwau)

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398 votes
In serious trouble

Rockhopper Penguin

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647 votes
In serious trouble

Royal Spoonbill (Kōtuku Ngutupapa)

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218 votes
In some trouble

Ruru (Morepork)

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968 votes
Doing OK

Saddleback (Tīeke)

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462 votes
In some trouble

Scaup (Pāpango)

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76 votes
Doing OK

Shag (Kawau)

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89 votes
In some trouble

Shining Cuckoo (Pīpīwharauroa)

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77 votes
Doing OK

Shore Plover (Tūturuatu)

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172 votes
In serious trouble

Silvereye (Tauhou)

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115 votes
Doing OK

Takahē

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720 votes
In serious trouble

Tomtit (Miromiro)

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198 votes
Doing OK
870 votes
Doing OK
319 votes
In some trouble

Westland Petrel (Tāiko)

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79 votes
In some trouble

White Faced Heron (Matuku Moana)

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112 votes
Doing OK

Whitehead (Pōpokatea)

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111 votes
In some trouble

Wrybill (Ngutuparore)

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237 votes
In serious trouble

Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho)

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772 votes
In serious trouble

Previous winners

2016

Kōkako

2015

Bar Tailed Godwit

2014

Fairy Tern / Tara Iti

2013

Mohua

2012

Kārearea

2011

Pukeko

2010

Kākāriki

2009

Kiwi

2008

Kākāpō

2007

Grey Warbler

2006

Fantail

2005

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