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Kōtuku / white heron

The elegant kōtuku is rare in New Zealand and only breeds near Whataroa, on the West Coast. Outside of breeding season, between September and January,

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Pīwakawaka / fantail

Most visitors to the park will see the distinctive pīwakawaka flitting beside the track as this is one of our most widespread native birds. They

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Pūkeko is the New Zealand name for the purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), or which there are many subspecies.  You will often see the distinctive blue

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Korimako / bellbird

Wherever you are in the Abel Tasman you are likely to see or hear the bellbird. They feed on fruit, nectar and invertebrates and are

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Kororā / blue penguin

The blue penguin is the world’s smallest penguin, known as kororā in Māori, and variously called blue, little blue or fairy penguin in English. They

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Kererū / NZ pigeon

The New Zealand pigeon, or kererū, is one of the largest pigeons in the world. In the Abel Tasman kererū follow the food – it

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Tīeke / saddleback

With its bold brown saddle and distinctive orange-red wattle the saddleback or tīeke is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable birds but also one of

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Tūī are some of the most common native birds in the Abel Tasman National Park. They are boisterous and usually very vocal with a distinctive

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Kākā are large native forest parrots and there is a good chance you may hear or see them near Wairima/Bark Bay or the upper reaches

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