Story: Introduced land birds

Distribution of rooks

Distribution of rooks

Although rooks were introduced in the 1860s and 1870s in Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay, their numbers did not increase significantly until the Hawke’s Bay population boomed in the mid-20th century. Between 1999 and 2004 numbers were small in the South Island, but larger throughout Hawke’s Bay.

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Source: C. J. R. Robertson, P. Hyvönen, M. J. Fraser, and C. R. Pickard, Atlas of bird distribution in New Zealand 1999–2004. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 2007

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Christina Troup, 'Introduced land birds - Rooks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015