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Predator free since 2014, Rotoroa Island is now home to a number of New Zealand native birds.
We're often asked what you might see on Rotoroa. Here are some of the birds you’ll want to keep an eye out for as you explore the island.
Birds you're likely to see
Variable Oystercatcher (Tōrea)
Tīeke (North Island Saddleback)
New Zealand dotterel | Tūturiwhatu
Birds you'll possibly see
Whitehead (Pōpokotea )
Grey Faced petrel
White Fronted Terns
Kererū (Wood Pigeon)
Birds you have a rare chance of seeing (in the right conditions and season)
Kiwi (join us when we welcome new kiwi chicks to our sanctuary)
Australasian Gannet (Tākapu)
Brown teal (Pāteke)
We encourage you to pick one of our (free) ecosystem guides on the island to help you identify species, grouped by ecosystem.
Join our guided nature walks, the best chance to spot the island's wildlife
Check out NZ BIrds Online, a great resource for identifying birds
Keen to record what you've seen?
Join a community of naturewatchers on iNaturalistNZ