Bat included in NZ Bird of the Year competiton

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The long-tailed bat has been included into the 2021 NEw Zealand Bird of the Year competition.

In an announcement on Monday morning, the Forest and Bird Society , said the long-tailed bat, pekapeka-tou-roa, will be part of the 75 native birds in this year’s competiton.

It is the first time a land mammal has made the final cut.

The New Zealan dBird of the Year Award is in its 16th year. More than 55,000 verified votes were cast in last year’s competition, with the kākāpō taking out the top spot.

The controversial move to include bats in the native bird competition is sure to ruffle some feathers.

Department of Conservation senior ranger Rob Carson-Iles said the long-tailed bat was critically endangered, “the next stop on that continuum is extinction”.

However, the inclusion has been welcomed in South Canterbury, where about 300 long-tailed bat live, the only population on the east coast of the South Island.

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Siulai
Siulai
October 16, 2021 10:23 pm

Interesting facts

micah
micah
October 19, 2021 9:40 am

yeah very very interesting

James M
James M
October 19, 2021 11:41 am

What? 🤔

bird lover#1
bird lover#1
October 19, 2021 1:05 pm

that is interesting did the bat win?

bananas
bananas
October 19, 2021 1:33 pm

wow

Renee
Renee
October 19, 2021 1:39 pm

New Zealan… dbird

Jamie
Jamie
October 20, 2021 9:52 am

very intersting facts but the where the population is is wrong there are bats in the King Country

cooper
cooper
October 21, 2021 9:30 am

Wow that is so cool I can’t believe that a bat was included in the NZ bird competition

02_Antmat
02_Antmat
October 29, 2021 12:35 pm

That ain’t a bird tho

apple
apple
November 16, 2021 10:39 am

i think it is pretty cool

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