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Marlborough is home to a wide variety of bird species, with its extensive coastline and esturine environments providing habitats for shore birds, while extensive areas of native bush support many other species.

If you have seen a bird that you need to identify, New Zealand Birds Online provides a comprehensive guide.

Australasian Coot

Australasian Coots (Fulica atra) are a waterfowl in the rail family that self introduced to New Zealand from Australia.

Bellbird (Korimako)

Bellbirds are a medium sized, mainly nectar eating bird endemic to New Zealand, with a distinctive melodic call which gives them their name.

Black Backed Gull (Karoro)

The Black Backed Gull or Karoro is New Zealand's largest gull species, found throughout the country from coastal to sub-alpine habitats where there is no forest cover.

Black Swan

Black swans are a large aquatic bird found in fresh water lakes and estuaries around Marlborough.

Fantail (piwakawaka)

Fantails (piwakawaka) are a small, common, insectivorous bird endemic to New Zealand.

Hutton's Shearwater

A medium sized shearwater which breeds only in Marlborough.

King Shag

The King Shag (Leucocarbo carunculatus) is a large endemic shag found in the Marlborough Sounds

New Zealand pigeon (kerurū)

Kerurū are one of two endemic pigeon species, found throughout the country particularly in areas of native forest.

Pied Shag

Pied shags (Phalacrocorax varius) are a large member of the cormorant family found in coastal areas of NZ.

Pied Stilt

Pied stilts (Himantopus himantopus) are a long legged wading bird found natively throughout Australasia.

Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae)

New Zealnd Pipits or pīhoihoi are a small endemic song bird of open pasture lands.


Pukeko are a large, common rail species found throughout New Zealand, common around wetlands.

Red Billed Gull

Red billed gulls are a common native sea bird found throughout Marlborough.

Sacred kingfisher/Kōtare (Todiramphus sanctus)

The sacred kingfisher or Kōtare (Todiramphus sanctus ssp. vagans) is a distinctive New Zealand native bird found throughout the country wherever they can find suitable prey.


Silvereyes are one of New Zealand's commonest and most widespread birds, self-introducing in the mid 19th Century.

South Island robin / Toutouwai

South Island robin / Toutouwai (Petroica australis) are a small bird of forest and scrub country of the South Island.

Spur-Winged Plover

Spur-Winged Plovers are an Australian wading bird species that self-introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th Century.


Tui are one of New Zealand's more commonly seen endemic bird species. They can be seen in various locations around Marlborough.

Weka (Gallirallus australis)

Weka are a flightless bird endemic to New Zealand, found on all main islands.

White-faced Heron

White-faced herons are New Zealand's commonest heron species, self-introducing during the 1940s, and found throughout the country.

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