Chatham Islands

Chatham Island black robin. Photo: Don Merton.

Chatham Island black robin

Map showing the location of the Chatham Islands.

The recovery of the Chatham Islands black robin from the brink of extinction is an internationally renowned conservation success story.

In 1980 there were only five black robins in the world, with just a single breeding pair left. The survival of the species hinged on that last pair. A desperate and innovative management regime was quickly put into action that resulted in a successful population turnaround. In early 2013, the population stands at around 250.

This little black bird is only found on the Chatham Islands. Numbers remain stable, but because it still has such a small population it is classified as critically-endangered.


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