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North Island saddleback / Tieke (Philesturnus rufusater) Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. Jan 2, 2017 Geotagged,New Zealand,North Island saddleback,Philesturnus rufusater,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

North Island saddleback / Tieke (Philesturnus rufusater)

Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. Jan 2, 2017

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  1. A wonderful conservation story behind this one :) Posted 9 months ago
    1. Truly, if New Zealand did not have so many offshore islands, some of which were never reached by stoats and possums, practically nothing would be left today of its unique biodiversity. But in the last few decades, they have really made amazing strides in conserving their endangered species.
      And the fenced sanctuaries, such as Tawharanui, where animals are completely protected from invasive predators, are just amazing. Once not so long ago, all of NZ was like that, and maybe it can that way again some day...
      Posted 9 months ago

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The North Island saddleback is a formerly endangered forest bird which is endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. Both the South Island saddleback and this species were formerly considered conspecific.

The North Island saddleback has benefited from multiple population reintroductions and is now resident on nine off-shore islands totalling approximately 7000 birds, from the original 500 birds found on Hen Island.

Having become extinct on the mainland 100 years earlier, a.. more

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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Uploaded Feb 16, 2017. Captured Jan 2, 2017 11:40 in Ridge Rd, Army Bay, Whangaparaoa, New Zealand.
  • PENTAX K-3
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO800
  • 300mm