NZ Birds Online
Tui – the most viewed species on New Zealand Birds Online. Image: Tony Whitehead, NZ Birds Online.
Colin Miskelly, New Zealand Birds Online – 1 million hits, 26 November 2015
The website New Zealand Birds Online is a collaborative project between Te Papa, Birds New Zealand and the Department of Conservation. It was launched in June 2013, and use of the site has continued to grow since, with just over 1,900 visits to the site per day at present. The milestone of 1,000,000 visits to the site was reached on 26 November 2015.
An additional 14 species pages have been added to the site since the launch, reflecting evolving knowledge of the birds of New Zealand. These new pages include:
- Three vagrant species newly confirmed as reaching New Zealand (buff-breasted sandpiper, dusky woodswallow and magpie-lark)
- Four newly-described fossil species (St Bathans kiwi, Love’s Paleocene seabird, Bartle’s bittern and New Zealand lake wanderer)
- Three newly-described recently extinct species from the Chatham Islands (Chatham Island merganser, Imber’s petrel and Chatham Island kaka)
- Four introduced species occasionally encountered in the wild in New Zealand, but not regarded as having established populations here (red-legged partridge, rainbow lorikeet, rose-ringed parakeet and red-vented bulbul).