Why are we doing this?


The Wairaurahiri Jet Predator Trapping programme was setup in 2006 by Johan and Joyce to help arrest the continuous decline of our native birds. The once “millions and millions” of birds have been decimated, mostly as a result of the on-going predation by non-native rats and stoats.

We need your help to monitor this area’s bird life. You can also sponsor a trap which will help us maintain and grow the current schemes. You will  see our humane traps beside the track, please leave them to do their job.

So What can you do?


Record the birds you see while on the Wairaurahiri River, Hump Ridge or South Coast Tracks. Use the tear-off portion in the provided booklet to record your sightings and get the results back to us at Wairuarahiri Jet or via the Hump Ridge Track office.

You can also record your sightings on this page if you fully load the page before going out of mobile coverage you will still be able to interact with the numbers for each bird. Once you reach connectivity again you can submit your results by filling in your details at the bottom of the screen.

Bird Nerd NZ App


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The Results


So you've submitted your results now what? All results are checked before being released on the result page so keep an eye or two on them using the button below.

Less likely to see


These birds would at one time have been abundant. They are now either endangered or occasional visitors from outside the area. Some, like the falcon, are doing well in other areas but struggle here as predators alter their habitat.

22. Kea


23. Kaka


24. NZ Falcon


25. Parakeet


26. Little Blue Penguin


27. Fiordland Crested Penguin


28. Variable Oystercatcher


29. Rifleman


30. Mohua / Yellowhead


31. Shining Cuckoo


32. Long-Tailed Cuckoo


Not likely... but maybe


These birds are low in numbers in this area. In the case of the rook and Magpie, that’s a good thing...real bad news for the others though. Once common, the kakapo is one of the world’s rarest birds with just over 100 alive, while the south island kokako is now thought to be extinct.

Without these guys the word would be a poorer place, and we don’t fully understand their place within the habitats they frequent. Hopefully in time and with good luck we can rid New Zealand of the introduced pests and once more some of these birds can be common.

33. Rook


34. Magpie


35. Blue Duck


36. Kakapo


37. Weka


38. Little Brown Kiwi


39. S.I. Kokako


Most Likely to See


You are most likely to see these guys. Some are river and bush-based while others prefer the sea. Although some are common they still need protecting from human-introduced pests. Others are rarer but can still be found in good numbers in this area. You can help keep it that way.

1. Robin


2. Tui


3. Chaffinch


4. Yellowhammer


5. Fantail


6. House Sparrow


7. Brown Creeper


8. Tomtit


9. Bell bird


10. Paradise Duck


11. Scaup


12. Silver Eye


13. Morepork


14. Grey Warbler


15. Native Pidgeon


16. Little Black Shag


17. Cormorant


18. Little Shag


19. Black-backed Gull


20. Red-Billed Gull


21. Black-Billed Gull