Tāiko head close up
The tāiko, one of the world's rarest seabirds, is found on the Chatham Islands off mainland New Zealand. Their habitat is rugged, isolated and looks primeval.
For many years the tāiko was considered extinct. Learn more about these birds that were rediscovered in 1978.
Introduced predators are a grave threat to tāiko.
Predator control, including building a predator fence around tāiko breeding areas, is an important component of the tāiko recovery programme.
You can learn about ways to help protect the elusive tāiko.
The Chatham Islands is home to New Zealand's rarest bird, the taiko, or magenta petrel. Watch this video to find out how DOC protects it from predators.
Moriori people once hunted the taiko but by the time Europeans arrived on the Chathams this seabird was thought to be extinct.
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