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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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Pukeko

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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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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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

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

Kākā are large native forest parrots that can be found in the upper reaches of the Park. They are vulnerable to stoats and possums as

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Kākāriki

Kākāriki or yellow-crowned parakeets are small, bright green, noisy parrots that spend most of their time high in the forest canopy.  Their characteristic chatter can

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Pāteke / brown teal

The pāteke/brown teal is a small New Zealand dabbling duck and the rarest native waterfowl found on the mainland.  Since 2017, DOC and Project Janszoon

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