Mangawhai is home to New Zealand's Fairy Tern (Tara iti)- NZ's rarest endemic bird. Mangawhai lodge is an ideal destination for bird watching in New Zealand We cater for singles, couples or birding groups - contact us for prices.
Mangawhai is the home of seven threatened and four "at risk" shorebirds species and the main breeding site for the NZ Fairy Tern and NZ Northern Dotterel.
Stay at Mangawhai lodge to see a wide range of New Zealand bird life, both bush and shorebird. Several bird species breed and inhabit the Mangawhai Coast with many other breeding sites within 1-2 hours drive.
The Caspian Tern, The Northern New Zealand Dotterel, Banded Dotterel, Variable Oystercatcher, South Island Oyster Catcher are common to Mangawhai. - most breed in the early summer months.
Turnstones and Godwits arrive from Alaska and Siberia late September, leaving late March - early April. A Black Shag colony live at the far end of Mangawhai's
Cliff Top Walkway.
Birds commonly seen around Mangawhai Lodge include:
The Tui - a nectar feeding bird. The Kingfisher, Silver eye and Fantails visit us regularly.
The New Zealand Fairy Tern
Visit below clip to view birds. The Fairy Terns nest in early November and can still be seen feeding around the harbour in February. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yprf9E1wBdY
This Fairy Tern nests in 3 areas North of Auckland with Mangawhai being the largest site.
The New Zealand Fairy Tern is New Zealand's most endangered bird.
Fairy Tern can live for up to 16 years, they start breeding from 2-3 years of age. They differ from New Caladonian and Australian Fairy Terns as they breed in solo pairs, not in colonies. Introduced predators, easterly storms, cyclones and disturbances during the breeding season by beach users have all impacted on the birds ability to breed successfully.
In the early 1980's the number of NZ's Fairy Terns (Tara iti) dropped to 3 breeding pairs. Monitoring and capture of predators by the Dept of Conservation staff and volunteers have resulted in numbers increasing to 39 birds (April 2014). The New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust was formed to assist Fairy Tern Birds survive and prosper.