New Zealand’s Bird of the Year competition is open for votes.
Voting began last Monday in the hotly contested election of New Zealand’s Bird Of The Year.
The competition, which is 15 years old, started as a small magazine activity. However, last year more than 40,000 votes were cast online.
Recent Birds Of The Year include the plump wood pigeon, the Kererū, the Kea and the bar-tailed godwit.
Last years winner, the Hoiho, lives and breeds only in New Zealand. Their numbers have been heading downhill for 30 years and in 2019, only 165 nests were located.
About 75% of land birds and 90% of seabirds are judged to be threatened or at risk of extinction. Their habitats are being destroyed or degraded by introduced predators, pollution, human development, and climate change.
No past winner has won again, so there is an aim for the Hoiho.
Voting closes on 15 November.