New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti chicks in nest
With a population of around 45 individuals that includes approximately 12 breeding pairs, the New Zealand fairy tern is probably New Zealand's most endangered indigenous breeding bird.
It is ranked as an endangered species, and carries a 'Category A' priority for conservation action. A Department of Conservation Recovery Plan is currently in action.
Did you know that the New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti is the smallest tern to breed in NZ? Learn more interesting facts about this endangered tern.
The list of threats to New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti includes habitat destruction, introduced predators and human activities that disturb their nests.
Learn about DOC's ongoing efforts to protect the endangered New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti.
Find out how you can be involved in conservation efforts for the New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti.
With only around 40 left, the NZ fairy tern is one of NZ's most endangered birds. Find out how DOC and local schoolchildren are trying to protect them.
The fairy tern is New Zealand’s most endangered birds, with only around thirty birds in existence. Learn how Auckland Zoo keeps their precious eggs safe.
View images from the 2009-2010 season of the NZ fairy tern/tara-iti project.
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