Are weka ever brought to New Zealand Bird Rescue?We rarely get this intriguing bird at Bird Rescue due to the fact that they are not found in the Auckland Metropolitan area. In fact the North Island weka is only found in three places on the North Island Mainland, around east cape and Opotiki, in the Russell area of Northland and inexplicably, at Kawakawa Bay, just 50km from downtown Auckland. A land care group has been set up called WekaWatch Kawakawa Bay, and it has the following aims. 1. To educate the public about the weka and their rarity value 2. To monitor the status of the weka population 3. To undertake predator control in a core area to protect the population 4. To access funds to help them achieve these aims The weka at Kawakawa Bay are getting used to humans. If you drive the coast road to the east of the boat ramp and are patient you may well see one or more of them on the side roads or at the road end, but please keep your dogs on a lead or leave them at home. An out of control dog is one of the greatest threats to their weka. Two weka have been taken to Bird Rescue over the last 6 years. The first was unable to be helped as it had a broken leg. The second was cared for for 3 days and then returned to the same place where it had been found where its mate was waiting for it. You can contact WekaWatch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on phone (09) 292 2512. Rescue Tips: If you find a sick, injured or orphaned weka it is best to get it to your nearest rescue centre as soon as possible. It is important to provide warmth and extremely important to note the location the weka was found. More information on rescuing a bird can be obtained from Rescuing a Bird
Why Kingfishers are brought to New Zealand Bird RescueKingfishers often fly into windows and are caught by cats. During breeding season we get kingfisher chicks who have been orphaned or caught by cats. Rescue Tips: If you find a sick, injured or orphaned Kingfisher it is best to get it to your nearest rescue centre as soon as possible. It is important to provide heat and extremely important to note the location the Kingfisher was found. More information on rescuing a bird can be obtained from Rescuing a Bird
Why Kereru are brought to New Zealand Bird RescueThe main reasons Kereru are brought to us are because they have hit windows or been hit by a car. It is the young Kereru that tend to be brought in.
Rescue Tips:If you find a sick, injured or orphaned Kereru it is best to get it to your nearest rescue centre as soon as possible. To catch a Kereru throw a towel over it, scoop it up in the towel and put both the bird and the towel in the box. We will give you your towel back. It is important to provide heat and extremely important to note the location the Kereru was found. More information on rescuing a bird can be obtained from Rescuing a Bird All pictures on this page taken by Brian Thomas
Why Tui are bought to New Zealand Bird RescueWe get a lot of Tui brought to our centres. In the spring we receive chicks and juveniles, which have fallen out of nests, been orphaned or caught by cats. Tui babies are often mistaken for Myna babies so it is important that they are bought to a centre so that they can be identified for what they are - their diet is very different from a Myna chick. We also receive a lot of adult Tui which have flown into windows, been caught by cats, caught in Parapara Trees, which results in them being covered with seedpods and a very sticky substance or having been involved in fights (as Tui are very territorial they can get into aggressive fights – in some instances we have received reports of them fighting to the death).
Rescue Tips:If you find a sick or injured Tui it is best to get it to your nearest rescue centre as soon as possible.
- Pick up the Tui using a towel, this protects you from the sharp claws and protects the bird’s feathers.
- Generally most birds need a hot water bottle filled with hot tap water to keep them warm.
- It is very important to notify the rescue centre of where the Tui was found, this is because they are territorial and it is extremely important to return them back to where they were found.