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  • Huia

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    The Huia was the largest species of New Zealand wattlebird, endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. Its extinction in the early 20th century. The two major cause of extinction was overhunting to procure Huia skins for mounted specimens and the widespread deforestation of the lowlands of the North Island by European settlers. Huia were primarily found in broadleaf-podocarp forests where there was a dense understorey, with the lost of ancient, ecologically complex primary forests, they were unable to survive in regenerating secondary forests.

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  • Kaka

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    The New Zealand Kaka, also known as Kākā, (Nestor meridionalis) is a New Zealand parrot endemic to the native forests of New Zealand.

    The New Zealand Kaka lives in lowland and mid-altitude native forest. Its strongholds are currently the offshore reserves of Kapiti Island, Codfish Island and Little Barrier Island. It is breeding rapidly in the mainland island sanctuary at Zealandia (Karori Wildlife Sanctuary), with over 300 birds banded since their reintroduction in 2002.

     

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  • Kākāpō (2017)

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    The Kākāpō, also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless nocturnal parrot endemic to New Zealand. Although it cannot fly, it is good at climbing trees. Kākāpō are the heaviest parrot in the world, and the only parrot to have a ‘lek’ mating system.

    At the beginning of the 19th century, kākāpō were still widespread throughout New Zealand. From the 1840s, European settlers not only hunted the bird, but also set fire to bush for farming, destroying its habitat. By the 1970s, only a few isolated birds were known to exist in Fiordland, South Island. A survey of Stewart Island in 1977 found about 200 more birds but they were rapidly declining through predation by feral cats.

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  • Kākāriki

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    The New Zealand parakeet. Its known by its Māori name of kākāriki, meaning ‘small green parrot’. There are five main species of kākāriki: Yellow-crowned parakeet, Orange-fronted parakeet, Red-crowned parakeet
    Forbes’ parakeet and Antipodes Island parakeet.

    Mitochondrial DNA analysis has indicated that the orange-fronted parakeet is a separate species and not just a colour variation of the yellow-crowned parakeet. The orange-fronted parakeet is highly endangered, with less than 200 individuals remaining in the North Canterbury region of the South Island.

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  • Kārearea

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    New Zealand falcon or Kārearea is endemic to this New Zealand and is one of our most spectacular birds. It capable of flying at speeds over 100 km/h, and can catch prey larger than itself.

    Although still widespread where suitable habitat exists, numbers have declined and predation by cats, mustelids, and hedgehogs is emerging as a problem for ground nesting falcons.

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  • Kea – card

    Kea print on greeting blank card with colour-in Kōwhai envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
    Envelope size: 114mm x 162mm (C6)

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  • Kiwi

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    Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand, their are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of their very long bill and by far the smallest living ratites.

    There are two species of Kiwi’s in New Zealand, the Brown Kiwi and the Spotted Kiwi. Within these two species are six varieties of Kiwi: Little Spotted Kiwi, North Island Brown Kiwi, Great Spotted Kiwi, Okarita Brown, Stewart island Brown, Haast Brown

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  • Kiwi – card

    Kiwi print on greeting blank card with colour-in Pōhutukawa envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
    Envelope size: 114mm x 162mm (C6)

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  • Kōkako

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    Kōkako are endangered forest birds which are endemic to New Zealand. There are two sub-species of Kōkako, the North Island Kōkako and the South Island Kōkako. Kōkako declines were undoubtedly caused by forest clearance, and the introduction of predators.

    In Māori myth, it was the Kōkako that gave Maui water as he fought the sun. The kōkako filled its wattles with water and brought it to Maui. His thirst quenched, Maui rewarded the kōkako by making its legs long and slender, enabling the bird to bound through the forest with ease in search of food.

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  • Kōpukapuka

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    The Mount Cook Lily or Kōpukapuka is in fact not a lily at all. It belongs to the buttercup family. The Mount Cook Lily is one of New Zealand’s most well known alpine plants.

    It grows in sub-alpine to alpine herbfields in the South Island mountains from 700m to 1500m in altitude. It is well adapted to grow in infertile soils and it favours stream banks and damp locations in scrub and grasslands.

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  • Korimako

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    Bellbirds also known by its Māori names Korimako and Makomako. Korimako are unique to New Zealand. The explorer Captain Cook described of its song “it seemed to be like small bells most exquisitely tuned”.

    Their numbers declined sharply in 19 century, For a time it was thought they might vanish from the mainland. Their numbers recovered somewhat from about 1940 onwards.

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  • Kōtare

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    The sacred kingfisher, also known by its Māori name Kōtare in New Zealand. They live in a wide range of habitats, including forest, river margins, farmland, lakes, estuaries and rocky coastlines in Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the western Pacific.

    It is called “sacred” for it was said to be a holy bird for Polynesians, who believed it to have control over the waves, and other kingfishers in the southwestern Pacific were ascribed venerable power over the ocean.

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  • Kōtuku

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    The Eastern Great Egret is a white heron, it is common in Australia, the South Pacific and Asia. In New Zealand, where it is known as the kōtuku, and highly endangered, with only one breeding site at Okarito Lagoon. The species is protected in Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

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  • Piwakawaka

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    The fantail (Maori name: Piwakawaka) is one of New Zealand’s best known birds, as it is one of the few native bird species in New Zealand that has been able to adapt to an environment greatly altered by humans.

    In Maori mythology, the piwakawaka is a messenger, bringing news of death from the gods to the people.

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  • Piwakawaka – card

    Piwakawaka print on greeting blank card with colour-in Kōwhai envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
    Envelope size: 114mm x 162mm (C6)

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  • Pōhutukawa – card

    Pōhutukawa print on greeting card with colour-in envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
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  • Ponga – card

    Ponga print on greeting blank card with colour-in envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
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  • Pūkeko

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    The Purple Swamphen, in New Zealand, where it is known as the Pūkeko. Pūkeko is probably one of the most recognised native birds in New Zealand with its distinctive colourings and habit. It look very similar to takahe, although takahe are much heavier.

    The colour red was associated with nobility and power by Māori so the Pūkeko was held in high esteem because of its red beak and legs.

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  • Pūkeko – card

    Pūkeko print on greeting blank card with colour-in Kōwhai envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
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  • Takahe – card

    Takahe print on greeting blank card with colour-in Pōhutukawa envelope.

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  • Tauhou

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    Silvereye (The Māori name Tauhou) was first recorded in New Zealand in 1832 and since there is no evidence that it was artificially introduced, it is classified as a native species. They are now wide distribution throughout New Zealand.

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  • Tī Kōuka

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    The Cabbage Tree or Tī Kōuka is one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape. It has lovely scented flowers in early summer, which turn into bluish-white berries that birds love to eat.

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  • Tī Kōuka – card

    Tī Kōuka print on greeting blank card with colour-in envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
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  • Tieke

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    The Saddlebacks or Tieke, its taxonomic family is also known as “wattlebirds”. All members of this family have coloured fleshy appendages on either side of the beak known as “wattles”. In the case of the saddlebacks, they are a vivid red in colour.

    Tieke were once widespread throughout New Zealand’s mainland and island forests. Their decline began in the mid 19th century, both North Island saddleback (Philesturnus rufusater) and South Island saddleback (P. carunculatus) were close to extinction. The most endangered of the two species is the South Island saddleback, with only 650 birds in existence.

    The North Island saddleback is now resident on nine large islands (7,000 ha) and is in a favourable position to survive. The South Island species is on 11 smaller islands (500 ha) and it needs translocating onto further predator-free islands if it is to recover.

     

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  • Tītipounamu

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    The Rifleman or Tītipounamu is one of only two surviving species within the ancient endemic New Zealand wren family. It is New Zealand’s smallest endemic bird, with fully grown adults reaching around 8 cm, weigh around 6g to 7g.

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  • Tui

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    The Tui is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand. It is one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family. Nectar is the normal diet but fruit and insects are frequently eaten, and pollen and seeds more occasionally.

    Tuis prefer broadleaf forests below 1500 metres. but will tolerate quite small remnant patches, regrowth, exotic plantations and well-vegetated suburbs.

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  • Tui – card

    Tui print on greeting blank card with colour-in Pōhutukawa envelope.

    Size: 105mm x 148mm (A6)
    Envelope size: 114mm x 162mm (C6)

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