Gone but not forgotten

Until human colonisation, the only land mammals found on the islands of New Zealand were three species of bat (one of which, the Pekapeka - Chalinolobus tuberculatus, the New Zealand Long Tailed Bat can be found at Stravon today). Birds occupied or dominated all major niches in the New Zealand animal ecology. Human settlers preyed heavily on our birds eventually hunting them to extinction.

Here's a few that didn't make it...

Huia

Heteralocha acutirostris

Extinct

Laughing Owl

Sceloglaux albifacies

Extinct

Moa

Dinornis novaezelandiae

Extinct

Adzebill

Aptornis defossor

Extinct

Pouakai

Harpagornis moorei (Haast's Eagle)

Extinct

Illustration by Colin Edgerley

North & South Island Pio Pio

Turnagra tanagra & Turnagra capensis

Extinct

Bush Wren

Xenicus longipes

Extinct

New Zealand Bittern

Ixobrychus novaezelandiae

Extinct

New Zealand Swan

Cygnus atratus sumnerensis

Extinct

South Island Kokako*

Callaeas cinerea
$10,000 Reward for credible proof that there are still South Island kokako left in the wild. Last seen in 1967.