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.