Birders

A birdwatchers paradise.

There are no less than 52 native bird species on the Chatham Islands of which 18 breed no where else in the World. The vast majority of these species can be seen on and around Pitt Island. Species include:

On Pitt Island

  • Chatham Islands Tui
  • Chatham Islands Tomtit,
  • Chatham Islands Fantail,
  • Forbes Parakeet (mainly on Mangere Island, very rare sighting on Pitt Island) 
  • Chatham Islands Red Crown Parakeet 
  • Chatham Islands Warbler
  • Chatham Islands Pipit
  • Giant Petrel (in season)
  • Brown Skua (in season)
  • Broad-billed Prion
  • Chatham Island Oystercatcher
  • Chatham Islands Snipe (some trans-located to Pitt Island in 2008, extremely rare sightings since)
  • Chatham Islands Petrel (in breeding season)
  • Antipodean Albatross (occasionallly breeding on Pitt Island or at Sea)
  • Chatham Islands Albatross  (Mollymawk) (Pyramid)
  • Royal Albatross (at Sea)
  • Little Blue Penguin 
  • Chatham Islands Shag
  • Pitt Island Shag
  • Banded Dotterel 
  • NZ Shore Plover (South East & Mangere Islands, can be seen from the boat. Rare sightings on Pitt Island) 
  • Weka 
  • Pukeko 
  • White Fronted Tern 
  • White faced Heron 

 

And while we are not permitted to land on Mangere or Rangatira Islands, there is the possibility of seeing the famous CI Black Robin, Forbes Parakeet and Shore Plover from the water.

*Denotes sightings on very rare occasions, so no guarantee