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Pre-release Health Inspection of a North Island Brown Kiwi
March 28, 2012

This is a North Island brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) that was hatched in the captive breeding program, Operation Nest Egg, at Mt. Bruce Sanctuary. The program involves removing newly laid kiwi eggs from burrows, incubating them, hatching them, and raising the chicks until they reach 1200 grams (the size at which they can fight off a stoat). Once they reach this weight, they are inspected by Department of Conservation rangers to make sure they are healthy and fit to be released. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology

location: Mount Bruce, Wellington, New Zealand

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Kaka
January 21, 2012

This is a Kākā (Nestor meridionalis), an endemic bird belonging to the Strigopidae (parrot) family. Ancestors of the parrots found in New Zealand began to diverge when New Zealand broke away from Gondwana 82 million years ago. The emergence of the Southern Alps (5 millions years ago) allowed for the occupation of new niches and subsequent speciation within the Nestor genus, giving rise to the Kākā and Kea. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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New Zealand Robin
January 21, 2012

This is the New Zealand Robin (Petroica australis), or Toutouwai in Māori. This species is thought to have emerged from the Petroica genus from Australia after arriving and diverging in the Pleistocene era. It is an endemic bird that suffered reductions in population size due to introduced predators and habitat loss. Like many of the birds in New Zealand, this bird has been banded as part of an effort to track the life cycle of the bird (birth rate, death rate, dispersal, etc). (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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