New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti chicks in nest. Photo: G R Parrish.

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.


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New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds


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