Female bush falcon
Capable of flying at speeds over 100 km/h and catching prey larger than itself, the New Zealand falcon/kārearea (Falco novaeseelandiae) is one of New Zealand's most spectacular birds. One of 38 species of falcon worldwide, the New Zealand falcon is endemic to this country. The falcon has a wide distribution, being found on both the North and South Islands and several offshore islands, including Stewart Island and the subantarctic Auckland Islands.
These spectacular birds are fearless hunters. Get the facts about New Zealand falcons in this section.
Habitat loss and predation on eggs and chicks threaten the survival of New Zealand falcon/kārearea. Learn about the challenges faced by this threatened species.
Find out about the work DOC does to help ensure they survival of the New Zealand falcon/kārearea.
Controlling predators and keeping your distance from nests are two ways you can protect New Zealand falcon. Learn more ways you can help.
The ancient art of falconry is making a comeback. This video reveals how it's being used to rehabilitate the karearea, New Zealand's native falcon.
The kārearea is more endangered than kiwi. This video looks at the ways the Wingspan team in Rotorua are working to save New Zealand's native falcon.
Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust was established for the captive management, research, rehabilitation, and public awareness of New Zealands birds of prey.
New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
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