Voting has opened in Forest and Birds’ Bird of the Year competition:
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 9am. . .
The current leader is the kererū (wood pigeon) with 200 votes.
Forest and Bird has opened voting for its annual bird of the year poll.
It aims to raise the profile of our native birds and also provides good publicity for the organisation.
New Zealand’s fastest bird, the karearea/ New Zealand falcon, has been voted the 2012 Bird of the Year.
. . . karearea are also known for their aerial acrobatics. They have a maximum speed of 230km/hr and can catch their prey mid-flight, making this falcon the daredevil of the air.
It received 1255 out of 10223 votes.
The tui was Forest and Bird’s inaugural bird of the year, in 2005.
The fantail (piwakawaka) won the following year then it was the grey warbler(riroriro). The kakapo triumphed in 2008 and the kiwi in 2009.
It was the kakariki’s turn in 2010 and the pukeko claimed the title last year.
Which bird will win this year?
You can vote here and not only see the birds which are vying for the title but hear their calls as well.
Royal Forest & Bird’s annual poll to find the country’s favourite bird is underway.
The Pukeko is leading so far with 621 votes.
Half Pie, campaign manager for kārearea, the New Zealand falcon, recorded an interview with Kakarapiti, a young male of the species.
Voting closes on October 13th.