Westland black petrel
The Westland petrel (tāiko) is endemic to New Zealand and breeds only on the West Coast of the South Island. A large proportion of the petrel’s time is spent off New Zealand’s West Coast, and little is known about their life history while they are at sea.
Find out about the Westland petrel/tāiko colony and why tāiko are so important.
Find out what threatens Westland petrel/tāiko.
Learn about DOC's work with Westland petrel/tāiko.
Find out what you can do for Westland petrel/tāiko.
Punakaiki, on the West Coast of the South Island has New Zealand’s only mainland Westland petrel breeding colony. Watch this video to find out what’s special about Westland petrels.
Listen to or download a recording of Westland petrel/tāiko song.
New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline:
0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)
Call to report sick or injured wildlife, and whale or dolphin strandings.