Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves
Birds identified in the Tawa Reserves
Some 27 species of bird have been identified in vicinity of the Tawa bush reserves.
The following list of bird species occurring in the Tawa reserves is compiled from observations of members of the Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves.
Restoring the Dawn Chorus
“This morn I was awaked by the singing of the birds ashore from whence we were distant not a quarter of a mile, the numbers of them were certainly very great who seemed to strain their throats with emulation, perhaps; their voices were certainly the [most] melodious wild musick I have ever heard, almost imitating small bells but with the most tuneable silver sound imaginable.” (Joseph Banks, February 1770 while anchored in Cook Strait)*.
Sadly, this glorious riot of sound has been largely stilled by the impacts of humans and the raft of pest species they brought with them such as rats, possums, and old mans beard. Native bird populations have declined, and continue to decline, due to loss of habitat and predation by introduced pests.
Once common, the kereru is now a threatened species, also fortunately still regularly seen in the Tawa are.
Help us protect and restore the natural areas of bush around Tawa by becoming a member of the Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves. For other areas also see the Dawn Chorus pages of the Forest and Bird web site.
* REF: From the vision of the Greater Wellington "Regional Pest Management Strategy".
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