Extinct New Zealand bird found breeding

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A New Zealand seabird, which was believed to be extinct for over 150 years has been found breeding on Little Barrier Island.

The New Zealand storm petrel the size of a small sparrow and was believed to be extinct until a sighting in 2003.

Since then a team of Auckland University researchers have found the species breeding on Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Twenty-four birds have been caught this year and then fitted with tiny (1g) radio transmitters so that they can be followed.

The team members based at a remote camp on Little Barrier Island are able to track the birds’ movements, following the signals until they came to a stop.

The future of the bird is still unknown due to there being so few. However, the fact that some have been found is exciting news.

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  1. This was a very interesting article. I hope that no poachers try and take these birds. Isn’t it amazing how a bird can survive when there are lots of predators like rats and cats.

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