Birds Associated with Bodies of Water or Wetlands in New Zealand

Information on birds found on New Zealand (listing of birds as well as a basic map)

Below are images of birds found in New Zealand and surrounding islands. Please click on any of the photos to go to the species pages, to learn more about the respective bird species, with lots of information and more photos to view.

Land / Forest BirdsParrots of New Zealand

Blue Duck
Australian Pelican
Australasian Gannet
Black-fronted Dotterels
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-winged Petrel
Auckland Shags
Buller’s Shearwater (”Puffinus” bulleri) aka Grey-backed Shearwater or New Zealand Shearwater
Buller's Mollymawk or Buller's Albatross (Diomedea bulleri
Cattle Egret
Broad-billed Prion (Pachyptila vittata)
Brolga Crane
Campbell Island Teal
Chatham Albatross, Chatham Mollymawk, or Chatham Islands Mollymawk, Thalassarche eremita
Cape Barren Goose
Cape Petrel
Australian Darter
Caspian Tern Courtship Ritual
Campbell Albatross or Campbell Mollymawk, Thalassarche impavida
Cook's Petrel (Pterodroma cookii)
Eastern Reef Egret
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)
Northern Gannets
Erect-crested Penguins
Flesh-footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes
Far Eastern Curlew
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)
Fiordland-crested Penguins
Great-winged Petrel
Great Egrets
Hardhead, Aythya australis
Magenta Petel
Black-bellied Plovers
Hutton’s Shearwater, Puffinus hutton
Buff-banded Rail
Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
Fluttering Shearwater (Puffinus gavia) - Range: New Zealand and Solomon Islands
Little Black Cormorants
Little Blue Penguins
Oriental Plover
Paradise Shelducks
Parkinson's Petrel or Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni)
Pied Cormorants
Purple Swamphen
Red-billed Gulls
Pectoral Sandpiper
Ranguru or Chatham Petrel (Pterodroma axillaris)
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Red-capped Plovers
Sooty Albatross or Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)
Royal Penguins
Salvin's Albatross
Snares Penguins
Royal Spoonbills
Mottled Petrel
Gull-billed Tern, Gelochelidon nilotica
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) - Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
Spotless Crake
Spotted Shags
Southern Fulmar
Grey Noddy
Masked Lapwings
White-faced Storm-petrel
Southern Royal Albatross, Diomedea epomophora
Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica) off Kaikoura
Cape Petrel, Daption capense, aka Cape Pigeon or Pintado Petrel
White-flippered Penguins
Yellow-eyed Penguin
Yellow-eyed Penguin
White-faced Herons
Australasian Shoveler - Kuruwhengi - Anas rhynchotis (Anatidae) - Front: Male - Back: Female
Pied Stilt
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Nankeen Night Heron
Grey Petrel
New Zealand Scaup
New Zealand Storm-petrel, Oceanites maorianus
Australasian Grebe, Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Black-tailed Native-hen
Brown Teal. Left, Anas chlorotis sometimes called the New Zealand Teal. Right, Anas aucklandica, the Auckland Island Teal.
Australasian Bitterns
Black Stilts
Canada Goose
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