The Bird Identification online course will help you identify the 10 New Zealand forest birds most commonly recorded during five minute bird counts.

What's the course about?

Learning about the appearance, calls, and habitat of the birds will give you more chance of accurately identifying these birds.

The 10 birds are the bellbird/korimako, silver eye, grey warbler, tomtit, chaffinch, fantail/pīwakawaka, blackbird, tūī, rifleman and New Zealand wood pigeon/kererū.
You can use the module in several different ways:

  • As an initial reference tool to learn about 10 New Zealand forest birds
  • As an ongoing resource to refresh your knowledge
  • As a resource to check your understanding

This is a free online course. It takes about 5–10 minutes per bird to complete.

Who is it for?

Anyone who works or wants to work or volunteer in conservation, including:

  • Regional council staff
  • Volunteers
  • Members of community groups/trusts/funding recipients

Do I need to register?

If you are planning to attend a DOC field based course you should register your details. Otherwise you don't have to register, but it would be helpful for us to know why you're doing the course.

Start the course

Note: If you're having trouble with access, try swapping index.html for DOC_GUI.swf in the web address. 

Start Identifying New Zealand Forest Birds online course

Register your details for this course

Registering will help us know if you have completed the required prerequisites and ensure you are prepared for our Field based courses.

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