Morepork/ruru
Image: Sabine Bernert ©

Introduction

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Dawn chorus

Dawn chorus with bellbird/korimako in the foreground (MP3, 1,853K) 
1 minute 58 second recording of birds singing from silver beech trees in Abel Tasman National Park.

Dawn chorus with tūī in the foreground (MP3, 2,889K)
3 minute 4 second recording of tui and a chorus of many other birds singing in mixed bush and flowering kowhai.

Dawn chorus with blackbirds in the foreground (MP3, 2,281K)
2 minute 25 second recording of an adult male blackbird and many other birds giving song in garden surroundings.

Native birds A - Z 

Auckland Island teal song (MP3, 492K)
30 second recording of Auckland Island teal song.

Australasian bittern/matuku territorial call (MP3, 1,886K)
2 minute recording of an Australasian bittern/matuku standing in a swamp and booming

Australasian crested grebe song (MP3, 862K)
54 second recording of a pair display call on Lake Alexandrina with adult male giving a growling call

Bellbird/korimako group (MP3, 2,821K)
1 minute 22 second recording of five adult birds singing in mixed forest beside a track on Little Barrier Island.

Bellbird/korimako adult male (MP3, 561K) 
35 second recording of a single adult male bellbird/korimako.

Bellbird/korimako adult alarm call (MP3, 1,300K)
1 minute 22 second recording of an adult bellbird/korimako sitting in a tree near a track giving an alarm call.

Adult black stilt/kakī song (MP3, 2,380K) 
2 minute 36 second recording of territorial and alarm calls of two adult black stilt/kakī protecting their young

Blue duck/whio song (MP3, 1,342K)
1 minute 24 second recording of a blue duck/whio adult pair swimming in a stream communicating and answering tape recorded calls.

Chatham Island oystercatcher/tōrea song (MP3, 3,077K)
3 minute 16 second recording of Chatham Island oystercatcher/tōrea song.

Chatham Island pigeon/parea song (MP3, 1,278K)
1 minute 21 second recording of a Chatham Island pigeon/parea singing. The bird was eating berries, and moving from tree to tree hopping, occasionally flying.

Chatham Island tūī song (MP3, 2,982K)
3 minute 10 second recording of territorial calls of an adult male Chatham Island tūī.

Fantail: Chatham Island fantail song (MP3 1,597K) 
1 minute 41 second recording of a Chatham Island fantail giving song from a song perch.

Fantail: North Island fantail song (MP3, 230K)
14 second recording of a North Island fantail making short feeding flights and giving calls.

Fantail: North Island fantail song (MP3 1,842K)
1 minute 57 second recording of an adult North Island fantail giving territorial calls while moving from perch to perch in willows.

Fantail: South Island fantail (MP3, 2,015K)
2 minute 8 second recording of an adult male South Island fantail giving territorial song.

Grey warbler song (MP3, 527K)
1 minute 26 second recording of a grey warbler's territorial call. The bird is flying between perches, answering a tape recorder.

Hutton's shearwater/tītī song (MP3, 485K)
30 second recording of Hutton's shearwater/tītī calling at burrow entrance.

Kākā: North Island kākā song (MP3, 1,382K)
1 minute 28 second recording of North Island kākā song.

Kākā: South Island kākā song (MP3, 2,540K)
2 minute 41 second recording of South Island kākā song.

Kākāpō male song (MP3, 2,102K)
2 minute 14 second recording of an adult male kākāpō giving calls presumably to attract female.

Kākāpō male territorial calls (MP3, 2,361K)
2 minute 30 second recording of adult male kākāpō giving territorial calls. Screaming in answer to playback of booming call played through amplifier.

Kākāpō female song (MP3, 1,396K)
1 minute 28 second recording of an adult female kākāpō.

Kea song (MP3, 977K)
1 minute 2 second recording of kea responding to recordings of their calls.

Kiwi: Male North Island brown kiwi song (MP3, 558K)
35 second recording of a male brown kiwi calling his mate.

Kiwi: Female North Island brown kiwi song (MP3, 2252K)
2 minute 24 second recording of a female brown kiwi calling her mate.

Kōkako song (MP3, 1,793K)
1 minute 53 second recording of kōkako song.

Kōkako alarm call (MP3, 1,266K)
1 minute 21 second recording of kōkako song - the bird gave an alarm call in response to playback of recorded distress call.

Morepork/ruru song (MP3, 1,620K)
1 minute 43 second recording of morepork/ruru song.

New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu song (MP3, 3,371K)
3 minute 35 second recording of New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu song.

New Zealand pigeon/kererū/kūkū/kūkupa (MP3, 1,868K)
1 minute 58 second recording of 3 adult New Zealand pigeon song and in-flight wingbeats (cicadas in the background).

North Island robin/toutouwai song (MP3 1,553K)
1 minute 38 second recording of North Island robin/toutouwai song.

New Zealand falcon/kārearea juvenile female song (MP3, 721K)
45 second recording of a captive juvenile female New Zealand falcon/kārearea giving a call apparently used as warning or irritation.

New Zealand falcon/kārearea female song (MP3, 468K)
29 second recording of a female New Zealand falcon/kārearea giving calls soliciting food from male.

New Zealand parakeet/kākāriki: red-crowned parakeet song (MP3, 317K)
19 second recording of adult red-crowned parakeet song.

New Zealand parakeet/kākāriki: red-crowned parakeet song (MP3, 3,529K)
3 minute 45 recording of adult red-crowned parakeet song.

New Zealand parakeet/kākāriki: orange-fronted parakeet song (MP3, 3,262K)
3 minute 28 second recording of a captive orange-fronted parakeet giving territorial calls in response to recordings from tape recorder and other captive yellow-crowned parakeets nearby.

New Zealand robin/toutouwai song (MP3, 1,440K)
1 minute 22 second recording of New Zealand robin/toutouwai song at Kowhai River, Kaikouras, Marlborough.

Paradise duck song (MP3, 1,135K)
1 minute 12 second recording of a pair of paradise ducks giving breeding calls on territory and displaying pair bond (female has higher pitched call, male has wheezy call).  

Rock wren call (MP3, 248K)
2 second recording of rock wren contact call.

Rock wren call (MP3, 3,411K)
1 minute 49 second recording of rock wren chicks begging.

North Island saddleback/tīeke song (MP3, 1,745K)
1 minute 51 second recording of saddleback/tīeke song.

South Island saddleback/tīeke song (MP3, 1,406K)
1 minute 29 second recording of a pair of a male saddleback/tīeke giving territorial calls responding to playback of taped calls.

Silvereye/wax-eye song (MP3, 2,721K)
2 minute 53 second recording of silvereye or wax-eye song at Apple Valley Road, west of Nelson.

Stitchbird/hihi song (MP3, 3,830)
4 minute 4 second recording of an adult stitchbird/hihi giving territorial calls.

Takahē song (MP3, 622K)
38 second recording of takahē song.

Takahē song (MP3, 611K)
52 second recording of takahē song.

Chatham Island tomtit song (MP3, 1,549K)
1 minute 43 second recording of an adult male Chatham Island tomtit in Glory Bay, Pitt Island, Chatham Islands.

North Island tomtit song (MP3, 2,808K)
2 minute 59 second recording of a North Island tomtit in mixed forest near Mount Bruce.

South Island tomtit song (MP3, 1,440K)
1 minute 31 second recording of an adult male South Island tomtit on Rabbit Island, Nelson.

Tūī communication calls (MP3, 2,228K)
2 minute 22 second recording of tūī communication calls.

Tūī territorial calls (MP3, 3,001K)
3 minute 11 second recording of a male tūī giving territorial calls.

Buff weka song (MP3, 1,315K)
1 minute 37 second recording of a weka answering recorded calls.

North Island weka song (MP3, 1,080K)
1 minute 7 second recording of a North Island weka giving territorial calls.

Western weka song (MP3, 651K)
41 second recording of adult Western weka song.

Westland petrel/tāiko song (MP3, 6,945K) 
7 minute 24 second recording of two adult Westland petrel/tāiko sitting on surface outside burrows.

White heron/kōtuku song (MP3, 6,753K) 
7 minute 11 second recording of 21 heron pairs and some white-throated shags nesting beside a river. Male gives harsh croak, female has soft 'who-who' call, chicks 'click-click'. Shags in the background make a softer call.

Whitehead/pōpokotea flock (MP3, 707K)
44 second recording of a flock of whitehead/pōpokotea feeding in a homestead garden and trees on Little Barrier Island.

Whitehead/pōpokotea territorial call (MP3, 3,549K)
3 minute 46 second recording of an adult male whitehead/pōpokotea feeding under a canopy of beech trees in Whiteman's Valley, attracted by playback of calls, replying vigorously.

Yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho adults and chick (MP3, 2,417K)
2 minute 34 second recording of yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho parents calling in the vicinity of the nest and feeding chicks. 

Yellowhead/mohua song (MP3, 506K) 
Listen to a 30 second recording of an adult male yellowhead/mohua song.

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