Story: Rabbits

Swamp harrier

Australasian harrier

The swamp harrier was one of only two rabbit predators native to New Zealand – the other was the weka. Swamp harriers only preyed on young rabbits, and would have had little impact when rabbit numbers began to increase in the 1870s.

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Robert Peden, 'Rabbits - Using predators for control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008