Stewart Island offers some of the best land and sea birding in New Zealand. Bird watchers come from all over the world to enjoy our birds. Largely unmodified, the Island provides excellent habitat and food for native birds. Unlike other areas of New Zealand, it has not suffered the introduction of mustelids. The sea surrounding the Island is rich in food and attractive to a large number of seabirds.

 Stewart Island RobinUlva Island is a jewel in the crown offering a predator-free environment for rare and endangered birds including South Island saddleback, mohua, rifleman, Stewart Island robin.

Birds, which are often seen on Stewart Island and Ulva Island, include bellbird, tui, kaka, tomtit, grey warbler, kakariki and the New Zealand wood pigeon. Some of our birds are unique to the region and include the weka, robin and fernbird.

The Stewart Island Brown Kiwi or the Southern Tokoeka, Apteryx australis lawyri - is one of six identified species of kiwi. Kiwi are flightless and largely nocturnal. However, the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi is active during the day and night. Kiwi outnumber humans and it is estimated there are 20,000 on Stewart Island. They are not always easy to see, shying away from humans and rarely coming close to inhabited areas.

Seabirds abound in our coastal waters due to the rich supply of food. Albatross, mollymawk, prion, petrel, cormorants and blue penguin are regularly seen. Sooty shearwater are seen in large numbers during their breeding season.

Please respect our wildlife and especially Kiwi - do not approach them within 5 metres or disturb them in anyway.

The following list of birds to be found on and about Stewart Island has been compiled with thanks for the able assistance of Ron Tindal.

 Weka

 Tui

KIWIS Apterygidae

Stewart Island Kiwi

Apteryx australis lawryi

PENGUINS Spheniscidae

Yellow-eyed Penguin

Megadyptes antipodes

Southern Blue Penguin

Eudyptula minor

Rockhopper Penguin

Eudyptes chrysocome

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Eudyptes pachyrhynchus

Snares Crested Penguin

Eudyptes pachyrhynchus atratus

ALBATROSSES Diomedeidae

Wandering Albatross

Diomedea exulans

Northern Royal Albatross

Diomedea sanfordi

Southern Royal Albatross

Diomedea epomophora

N.Z. Black-browed Mollymawk

Diomedea melanophris

Grey-headed Mollymawk

Diomedea chrysostoma

Buller's Mollymawk

Diomedea bulleri

White-capped (Shy) Mollymawk

Diomedea cauta

Salvin's Mollymawk

Diomedea salvini

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross

Phoebetria palpebrata

PETRELS, SHEARWATERS and FULMARS Procellariidae

Northern Giant Petrel

Macronecteus halli

Antarctic Fulmar

Fulmarus glacialoides

Snares Cape Pigeon

Daption capense (australe)

White-headed Petrel

Pterodroma lessonii

Mottled Petrel

Pterodroma inexpectata

Cook's Petrel

Pterodroma cook

Broad-billed Prion

Pachyptila vittata

Fairy Prion

Pachyptila turtur

White-chinned Petrel

Procellaria aequinoctialis

Bullers Shearwater

Puffinus bulleri

Fleshfooted Shearwater

Puffinus carneipes

Sooty Shearwater (Muttonbird)

Puffinus griseus

Huttons Shearwater

Puffinus huttoni

Little Shearwater

Puffinus elegans

STORM PETRELS Hydrobatidae

Grey-backed Storm Petrel

Oceanites nereis

White-faced Storm Petrel

Pelagodroma marina

Black-bellied Storm Petrel

Fregetta tropica

DIVING PETRELS Pelecanoididae

Southern Diving Petre

Pelecanoides urinatrix

South Georgian Diving Petrel

Pelecanoides georgicus

GANNETS Sulidae

Australasian Gannet

Morus serrator

SHAGS or CORMORANTS Phalacrocoracidae

Black Shag

Phalacrocorax carbo

Pied Shag

Phalacrocorax varius

Little Shag

Phalacrocorax melanoleucus

Stewart Island Shag

Leucocarbo chalconotus

Spotted Shag

Stictocarbo punctatus

Blue Shag

Stictocarbo punctatus steadi

HERONS, EGRETS and BITTERNS Ardeidae

White-faced Heron

Ardea novaehollandiae

White Heron

Egretta alba

Reef Heron

Egretta sacra

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Australasian Bittern

Botaurus poiciloptilus

GEESE, SWANS and DUCKS Anatidae

Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Paradise Duck

Tadorna variegata

Mallard Duck

Anas platyrhynchos

Grey Duck

Anas superciliosa

New Zealand Shoveler

Anas rhynchotis

HARRIER - HAWK Acciptridae

Australasian Harrier

Circus approximans

FALCONS Falconidae

New Zealand Falcon

Falco novaeseelandiae

RAILS and WEKA Rallidae

Banded Rail

Rallus philppensis

Stewart Island Weka

Gallirallus australis scotti

Pukeko

Porphyrio porphyrio

OYSTERCATCHERS Haematopodidae

South Island Pied Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Variable Oystercatcher

Haematopus unicolor

PLOVERS and DOTTERELS Charadriidae

Spur-winged Plover

Vanellus miles

Banded Dotterel

Charadrius bicinctus

Southern New Zealand Dotterel

Charadrius obscurus

GODWITS Scolopacidae

Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

SKUAS Stercorariidae

Southern Skua

Catharacta skua lonnbergi

GULLS, TERNS and NODDIES Laridae

Southern Black Backed Gull

Larus dominicanus

Red-billed Gull

Larus scopulinus

Black-billed Gull

Larus bulleri

Black-fronted Tern

Sterna albostriata

Caspian Tern

Sterna caspia

Antarctic Tern

Sterna vittata

White-fronted Tern

Sterna striata

PIGEONS and DOVES Columbidae

New Zealand Pigeon

Hemiphaga novaseelandiae

PARROTS and PARAKEETS Psittacidae

Kakapo

Strigops habroptilus

South Island Kaka

Nestor meridionalis

Red-crowned Parakeet

Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae

Yellow-crowned Parakeet

Cyanoramphus auriceps

CUCKOOS Cuculidae

Shining Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx lucidus

Long-tailed Cuckoo

Eudynamys taitensis

OWLS Strigidae

Morepork

Ninox novaeseelandiae

KINGFISHERS Alcedinidae

New Zealand Kingfisher

Halcyon sancta

NEW ZEALAND WRENS Acanthisittidae

South Island Rifleman

Acanthisitta chloris

LARKS Alaudidae

Skylark

Alauda arvesis

SWALLOWS Hirundinidae

Welcome Swallow

Hirundo tahitica neoxena

FLYCATCHERS Muscicapidae

New Zealand Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Dunnock

Prunella modularis

South Island Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Yellow-breasted Tit

Petroica macrocephala

Stewart Island Robin

Petroica australis rakiura

WARBLERS Sylviidae

Codfish Island Fernbird

Bowdleria punctata wilsoni

Stewart Island Fernbird

Bowdleria punctata stewartiana

Brown Creeper

Mohua novaeseelandiae

Yellowhead

Mohoua ochrocephala

Grey Warbler

Greygone igata

THRUSHES Turdidae

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelus

Blackbird

Turdus merula

HONEYEATERS Meliphagidae

Bellbird

Anthornis melanura

Tui

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

BUNTINGS Emberizidae

Yellowhammer

Emberiza citrinella

FINCHES Fringillidae

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelabs

Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Redpoll

Carduelis flammea

SPARROWS Ploceidae

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

STARLINGS Sturnidae

Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

SILVEREYES Zosteropidae

Silvereye

Zosterops lateralis

NEW ZEALAND WATTLE BIRDS Callaeidae

South Island Saddleback

Philesturnus carunculatus

South Island Kokako

Calleas cinerea

MAGPIE Cracticidae

Australian Magpie

Gymnorhina tibicen

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