Fink Family Farm Bird List

Fink Family Farm Bird List

The only list I faithfully keep is a list of all the birds seen on our farm since we moved here in 1977. I thought it would be fun to ad...

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Zealand Birds

Johnny spent almost three weeks in New Zealand this November, with our son Steve and family. At my request, Johnny took photos of birds they saw. Grandson Cedrus, 7, identified most of them by looking at a brochure of common birds of New Zealand that I had given to him and his brother. They did not take the brochure with them on their hikes, but Cedrus was able to remember what they had seen and find them in the brochure each evening. Amazing kid. The ones he couldn't find in the brochure, I searched for on a great website: New Zealand Birds Online.

We welcome corrections and confirmations!  *Update: several birders knowledgeable about New Zealand birds have written to confirm all our identifications. Good work, Cedrus!

 From left to right: Pukeko, Rock Dove, Black Swan, Eurasian Blackbird

Pukeko or Purple Swamphen

Rock Dove
Black Swan

Eurasian Blackbird, female

Eurasian Blackbird, male
Eurasian Blackbird

Eurasian Coot

European Greenfinch



House Sparrow

Red-billed Gull

Red-billed Gull...flap under bill is apparently the bird's tongue protruding through a wound, probably from a fish hook according to rangers at the New Zealand Department of Conservation who responded to my query

Southern Black-backed Gull

Pied Shag (cormorant)

New Zealand Fantail

Variable Oystercatcher

White-faced Heron
California Quail

Eastern Rosella

Ring-necked Pheasant

New Zealand Pigeon

Song Thrush



1 comment:

  1. I don't buy that explanation for the hook under the red beaked gull's beak. We saw many, many of them with that little hook. Not all of them, though.