Story: South Canterbury region

The endangered kakī

The endangered kāki

The black stilt or kakī is one of the world’s most endangered birds. Once common throughout New Zealand, it is now restricted to the braided rivers of the Mackenzie Basin. Introduced predators and reduction of habitat have been the main reasons for their decline. A captive breeding programme run by the Department of Conservation at Twizel aims to save the kakī from extinction. In 2020 there were 169 adult black stilts.

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Reference: 2000 Threatened Birds stamp series

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Climate, vegetation and wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017