About the project

Birds New Zealand is embarking on the
country’s largest ever citizen science
project to map the distribution and
abundance of our beautiful country’s birds.



Aotearoa is a land of birds, with iconic taonga species such as kiwi, kākāpō and tūī contributing to our national identity. Birds are an integral part of our identity, and are intrinsic in mana whenua and kaitiakitanga.

20 years have passed since the last atlas project was completed, and we are at a crossroads, a time of unprecedented change, our bird life is in a desperate situation. A myriad of threats are pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Our endemic birds are being forced into the remote back country, or predator free offshore island nature reserves.

For the first time in the history of the Atlas project, in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the New Zealand Bird Atlas will be a digital first project with checklists being submitted directly into the eBird app or eBird website.

This ground breaking project will become the go-to authority on the state of New Zealand birds providing up to the minute data that will guide and influence national and local government conservation policy planning for decades to come. New Zealand Bird Atlas provides every New Zealander the chance to help our unique bird species.

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