The New Zealand Black Robin is in danger of extinction again.
In 1976 there were only 7 Black Robin left, but the numbers grew to over 280 birds across both Mangere and Hokorereoro/Rangatira Islands in the early 2000’s.
However, recently conservationists have noticing a troubling trend – there are just 30 birds on Mangere Island.
Recently, there have been more males than females and not getting many juveniles on the island.
New Zealand’s Department of Conservation have been forced to hold a consultation with iwi and imi (Moriori tribe) to discuss the black robin recovery programme.
The Black Robin
The black robin is endemic to the Chatham Islands and is now confined to the southern extremity of its former range.
It is a quiet, confiding forest-dweller, alert and almost always active in the lower forest strata. Birds are commonly attracted to human presence.
Black robins are closely related to New Zealand’s other Petroica species (tomtit, and North Island and South Island robins). All are descended from Australian Petroica ancestors.