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Small, secretive wetland bird species spotted in Wellington

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Small, secretive wetland bird species spotted in Wellington

Spotless crake

Exciting new discoveries of a small, secretive wetland bird species have been made recently in some of our region’s wetlands.

A number of birds were found at Pauatahanui Inlet in Porirua and at Carter’s Scenic Reserve in the Wairarapa.

“Until now, we’ve had little information about the presence of these birds in our region’s wetlands as they rarely move out from under vegetative cover during daytime” says Philippa Crisp, Environmental Science team leader. “Seeing them is wonderful and very promising for the survival of these birds.”

Spotless Crake have been spotted during surveys being completed as part of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s wetland monitoring programme.

Infromation gained from survey’s will help inform ecological management at those sites. It also provides baseline information about the ecological health of the region’s wetlands and special species.

Spotless crake are ranked “At Risk” nationally and are a regionally critical species so seeing them is special.