Toutouwai - Robin's Return project

Toutouwai or North Island robin have been returned to Moehau in the northern Coromandel Peninsula.

'Toutouwai - Robin's Return' is an ongoing project involving the Department of Conservation, Moehau Environment Group (MEG), iwi and the local community. The aim is to create a self-sustaining population of North Island robin and return the bird to part of their former home.

Over 100 birds have been released at two sites in the Moehau area, the first release of 70 birds taking place in 2009 and a further 31 in 2011. The founding population bred sucessfully in 2010 and in 2011 further juvenile birds were sighted including some parented by the 2010 offspring.


Monitoring will take place during the 2011/12 breeding season to see how the new arrivals have settled in and who is paired with who.

All DOC staff, MEG members and contractors who are in the area will be recording any observations of robins. This will include robin song, contact calls and sightings. When possible, band combinations will be noted so locations of the 2009, 2011 and Moehau bred birds can be distinguished.

Additional surveys will be carried out during the breeding season (November 2011 - February 2012) to establish which birds have paired and bred successfully. Results will be reported on this website.

You can help

If you live in the area, you can help by completing a robin report card (PDF, 293K) every time you see a robin. Full instructions for reading leg bands are given in the document.


Find out more

Learn more

New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds


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