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> From: "Mundkur, Taej" <>
> Date: 8 November 2013 22:04:13 AEDT
> Subject: [OB] FW: Conservation status of New Zealand birds, 2012
> Dear all,
> The attached publication may be of interest to many of you. It provides an
> overview of all of New Zealand's birds and their conservation status,
> recognising nationally critical species.
> One statement caught my eye and which puts migratory species in a new
> perspective is In this review, however, we treated two Arctic migrant
> waders-eastern bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica baueri and lesser knot
> Calidris canutus rogersi -as 'resident' rather than 'migrant' because greater
> than 25% of the population of each taxon spends more than 50% of their life
> cycle in New Zealand, even though they don't breed in New Zealand.
> With best regards, Taej
> Taej Mundkur, Ph.D.
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> From: Glyn Young
> Sent: 08 November 2013 09:43
> Subject: Conservation status of New Zealand birds, 2012
> Conservation status of New Zealand birds, 2012
> By Hugh Robertson, John Dowding, Graeme Elliott, Rod Hitchmough, Colin
> Miskelly, Colin O'Donnell, Ralph Powlesland, Paul Sagar, Paul Scofield,
> Graeme Taylor
> New Zealand Threat Classification Series 4. 22 p.
> What's it about?
> The first complete audit of the conservation status of the 473 taxa of birds
> that have been recorded in New Zealand since first human contact (about 1000
> years ago) was carried out. Using the same ranking criteria, the assessments
> made in the audit were compared with those made in 2008 for the 428 taxa
> recorded post-1800. A total of 20 taxa moved to a more threatened status,
> while the status of 12 taxa improved, mainly as a result of successful
> conservation management. Overall, 77 species were assessed as being
> threatened with extinction, the same as in 2008; however, 25 rather than 24
> taxa were now classified as being Nationally Critical. A list of all 473 bird
> taxa and their conservation status in 2012 is presented.
> The above new publication is now available and can be downloaded from:
> (620 KB)
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