However, please note that it is now a little out of date and the Trust's direction has changed somewhat but the end goal remains the same. But we’d be delighted to listen to what you’ve recorded and could put them through a new bespoke software programme to identify bird calls (read more here about how artificial intelligence is being applied). We have received - and followed up - some truly exciting reports of the bird. Last summer Buckingham's perseverance was finally rewarded with several positive sightings and a small item of definite proof, a feather identified as coming from the kōkako. Please note, your encounter doesn’t have to have been recent. A confirmed sighting has not occurred in several decades, though unconfirmed sightings are very occasionally reported, most recently several reports of sighting have and witnesses interviewed claim DOC asked them to keep it quiet. CC BY-SA 4.0 Tantalising reports of their song, feathers, and characteristic moss-grubbing have persisted – from Stewart Island and Fiordland, north to … The story of the bird on our $50 note. This call of the kōkako is likely to stop backcountry users in their tracks. NI kōkako photograph by Tara Swan, "photoshopped" with permission by Oscar Thomas. The search is urgent. North Island kokako defend large territories year-round by complex singing, including the longest known duetting of any songbird in the world. The elusive bird’s campaigners say the lack of photos, videos or live action meme worthy material won’t hold the bird’s campaign back. That high pitched call in the background in a stitchbird/hihi. The Trust has changed the game by organising systematic searches in sites it ranks as most likely to result in an encounter. ; Bell, E.A. Cellphone quality video but too cool to not share. The kōkako make up two species of endangered forest birds which are endemic to New Zealand, the North Island kōkako (Callaeas wilsoni) and the presumably extinct (recently data deficient) South Island kōkako (Callaeas cinereus). KōkāSouth Island Kōkako Conservation status In serious trouble Share. You may have an encounter lodged in your memory that remains unresolved. 2013 [updated 2017]. Kōkako are smaller than kererū (wood pigeons) but larger than tūī. We’re appealing to you all - birders, trampers, hunters, pest managers and all other backcountry users - to be the additional ears and eyes of the search effort. Published 1888. The re-classification provides renewed hope and energy. The map was first published in January 2019 and is maintained up to date with new encounter reports. Size of this PNG preview of this SVG file: I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: Add a one-line explanation of what this file represents. ; Crossland, A.C.; Sagar, P.M.; Saville, I.; Tennyson, A.J.D. In the meantime, some of the best reports recently have been from the Heaphy Track. Your recollections of encounters from the past can also be valuable in adding to our knowledge base. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details may not fully reflect the modified file. We have a short presentation about the Trust and the Search as a pdf. Declared extinct by the Department of Conservation in 2008, the species' conservation status was moved from extinct to data deficient in 2013, leading to acceptance of a sighting from near Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island in 2007. The last confirmed sightings of the South Island Kōkako (Callaeas cinereous), also known as the “Grey Ghost” due to its shy nature and grey coloring, were recorded in 2007.Following re-classification in 2013 the species is listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The last accepted sighting was in 1967 since then they have been declared extinct. MEDIA RELEASE . English: The map above provides an estimated historical distribution of the South Island kōkako (Callaeas cinereus), along with the last two generally accepted sightings. Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand. Moss grubbing: Among large clumps of moss growing on logs or the forest floor, ‘powder puff’ pieces of moss, up to 18cm in diameter, have been neatly clipped at the base generally without soil or litter attached (rather than pulled or kicked, as by weka and blackbird), and these pinched out pieces are often grouped together, possibly even in their thousands. Original file ‎(SVG file, nominally 400 × 260 pixels, file size: 1.02 MB). The trust had sought funding of $50,000 to boost its search for the South Island kōkako. A female North Island kōkako in captivity at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, Wairarapa, New Zealand. Management is rever… It's likely to stop you in your tracks! The South Island kōkako was one of 5 species of New Zealand wattlebirds, an endemic family that includes the living North Island kōkako, saddlebacks (2 species), and the extinct huia. The Trust would first use it to seek confirmation that the evidence is of the South Island kōkako. South Island kōkako numbers dwindled through the 20th century. Bear in mind though, calls alone are not definitive evidence of survival. We are hugely indebted to map creator and keen searcher, Jordan Miller. The last official sighting of the bird was in 1967, though some have continued to search for the birds. Commons is a freely licensed media file repository. The range of the South Island kokako shrank to Fiordland and Stewart Island, with the last accepted twentieth century sighting at Mt Aspiring National Park in 1967. Miskelly, C.M. Copyright question: We have been asked who would own the evidence when found and shared with the Trust, for example a photo, video or other recording. They are poor fliers; they usually bound around trees with their strong legs and with small wingflaps, but may glide some hundreds of metres down gullies from treetops. Despite no confirmed sightings in 12 years, and having once been classed as extinct, the South Island kōkako is in the running for BotY. The Fiordland Lobster Company partnered with DOC to re-establish kōkako in Fiordland and funded the transfer of twenty-seven kōkako from the North Island to Secretary Island in 2008-9. South Island kōkako are now assumed to be extinct. By J. G. Keulemans, in W.L. (ed. North Island Kōkako (front) has blue wattles, and South Island Kōkako (rear) has orange wattles. The South Island kōkako was classified as extinct by the Department of Conservation in 2007, but in 2013 its status was moved to data deficient. Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the OSNZ Records Appraisal Committee 2011-2012. Where’s best to look for the South Island kōkako? And now they may be back, the conservation status has moved to data deficient since an accepted sighting on the West Coast in 2007. Yet despite our hard work, we have yet to determine for sure that the bird survives. Please tell us about calls you hear. Use different basemaps and layers to fine tune the map to suit areas of interest to you and click on data points to read more about individual encounters. The huia is extinct, the saddleback survives only in predator-free sanctuaries, and the South Island kōkako hasn’t been seen in decades. The following pages on the English Wikipedia use this file (pages on other projects are not listed): (SVG file, nominally 400 × 260 pixels, file size: 1.02 MB). The range of the South Island kōkako shrank to Fiordland and Stewart Island, with the last accepted sighting at Mt Aspiring National Park in 1967. For the North Island kōkako, there has been a significant decline over the last 20 years. North Island kōkako numbers are recovering, and now only considered ‘near threatened’. SI kokako wanted poster. As depicted here by the artist John Gerrard Keulemans, the North Island kōkako (front) has blue wattles at the base of its beak. They assessed 105 reports of South Island kōkako between 1990 and 2012, and the map shows the 36 the authors judged to be most convincing. 2013. Click on map for up to date interactive map. The place to start is our fabulous new map. Scofield, P. 2009. Since then there have been 207 … Ron Nilsson, a member of the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust, said the sighting would be taken seriously - just as the other half dozen annual reported sightings are, reports RNZ. It was listed as extinct until 2013 when its status was reclassified as 'data deficient' by the Department of Conservation. That meant a close sighting of a bird fitting the description of kōkako, either by an experienced observer, or where wattles or ‘defining behaviour’ were also seen—running along branches or logs, leaping or bounding. Strategic plan for the conservation of the South Island kōkako, February 2014 (pdf)This strategy contains valuable background material and is a very good source of information for prospective searches. A potential sighting of the once-extinct South Island kokako has been described by a local ornithologist as "one of the best sightings in many years". The Trust will get in touch to discuss more details. The South Island kōkako, Callaeas cinerea, used to occupy South Island forests but declined following the introduction of predatory mammals including cats. Such material would remain the property of the photographer/person who made the recording. New Zealand wattlebirds; Szabo, M. J. However, such value may be on top of the reward offered by the Trust and would have been achieved through the search and other efforts managed and promoted by the Trust, a charitable not-for-profit organisation. If it fits the bill, please log it with an approximate date or year. To inspire you to get out and look for the South Island kokako and enjoy our native forests, here's a video from searcher Charles Nimmo, who spent a couple of days in Victoria Forest Park (Sept 2017, sound track by Oakley Grennel, with Mark Vanilau on vocals). It is highly likely that a small spike in stoat numbers on the island may have resulted in the demise of this population. That’s why we’re offering a reward for good information, first to capture the public imagination; and second to encourage more people to be vigilant for the bird. Recently, many more people have joined the effort and we’re now calling on all backcountry users to be our eyes and ears. We have been assisted in this work by Mōhua Investments Ltd, NZ Lottery Grants Board, Rata Foundation, First Sovereign Trust, The Sargood Bequest, Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Trust and in-kind assistance from the Department of Conservation. The Trust will pay a reward of $10,000 (NZD) for the first information received that results in confirmation that the South Island kōkako is still alive. If confirmed by appropriately qualified ornithologists, the Trust would then seek permission from the photographer to publish the material to share the exciting news, either using the original or perhaps a low resolution copy, and/or could pass any media queries back to the photographer. In Miskelly, C.M. truetrue. The call has gone out and a $5000 reward offered for proof the South Island kōkako, once thought to be extinct, is still alive. In the early 1900s the kōkako was common in forests throughout New Zealand. Click on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. The Trust notes that such an image or recording may prove to have monetary value to the owner and acknowledges their right to that value. And we need credible reports so that we can act swiftly to conserve the species. We look forward to your report and working together to ensure that the magnificent South Island kōkako does not wind up as a museum piece and a record in a history book. To determine the numbers of kōkako, every 200m at a bait station we stop and listen, and then use playback – a series of different kōkako calls – to draw them in, whether a pair of this songbird are known in the area or not. Although smart phones have voice recording capability, there are better apps for recording bird song - read more and find apps here. Similar to that of the Forest and Bird 2016 Bird of the Year, the North Island kōkako, it has a haunting “organ-like” depth, flute-light notes and contains a … Those that are considered most compelling involve seeing a bird that fits the description not more 10 metres away with the naked eye, or the equivalent through binoculars. Bellbird activity: A call from a SI kōkako might also elicit a noticeable increase in the number of bellbirds singing and a dramatic change in their 'dialect' from multiple note songs to persistently repetitive single-note bells. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (2005). (Via Wikimedia Commons). Heather, Barrie D.; Robertson, Hugh A. Both are sleek, blue-grey birds with a black face mask. From the collection of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. Sightings and 'hearings' of the bird have come in from the Marlborough Sounds, the Heaphy Track area, the West Coast (particularly the Grey Valley), South Westland, Fiordland and the Catlins, says Inger Perkins, general manager of the South Island Kōkako Trust. Information has been sourced from the following: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 ), Map of New Zealand (blank).svg by User:Antigoni. Recognising a South Island kōkako. This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. We’d prefer a verifiable photograph or video of the bird or other physical evidence of survival such as a feather. If you have an image, please attach it or email it to us: info@southislandkokako.org. The South Island kōkako, almost identical in appearance to its North Island cousin, has distinctive orange wattles (ears) instead of the royal-blue around the bill of the North Island species. Fossils show that the South Island kōkako (Callaeas cinerea) was widespread in pre-human times.It was still common in many places until the 1870s, although disappearing fast. kQ0730_240317_rough_remaster__single_call.mp3. Too many other birds can call in a similar way (particularly tuis and kaka). Brief Strategy, South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust, February 2017 (pdf). Original image of NI kokako by Tara Swan, creative touches by Oscar Thomas and Geoff Reid. A female North Island kōkako in captivity at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, Wairarapa, New Zealand. The South Island Kokako has fared worse and was formally declared extinct by the New Zealand Department of Conservation on 16 January 2007 . A South Island kōkako (Callaeas cinerea) mounted on a piece of wood together with a North Island kōkako. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:India_to_central_Pacific_locator_map.svg, Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:South_island_kokako_distribution_map.svg. Declared extinct by the Department of Conservation in 2008, the species' conservation status was moved from extinct to data deficient in 2013, leading to acceptance of a sighting from near Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island in 2007. Sometimes the moss area is described as having been ‘ploughed’, and the sign differs from any known from other animals in New Zealand; it is believed to have been made by a SI kōkako. We ask for contact details so that we can get in touch, and for the date, location and a brief description of your encounter. Anywhere in the forests of the western South Island and Stewart Island, especially those forests benefiting from sustained pest control. We need to lift the game again. Don’t play hide and seek with theses birds. The only accepted sighting since the 1960s was in 2007, near Reefton. Yet their wattlebird cousin, the North Island kōkako, is alive and well as a result of aggressive … Could you be the one that finds that conclusive proof and earns the reward? If the SIKCT Trustees all agree that you have found the first definitive proof of survival, we will honour our promise to pay the reward. The Board of the Trust will be final arbiter in this decision and reserves the right to make all final decisions, including sharing the reward if deemed appropriate. In the early days, just a few individuals were looking, assisted occasionally by DOC and its predecessors. We hope some of any such value could be used to support the ongoing conservation efforts for South Island kōkako. Click here to listen to the similar NI kōkako call (from nzbirdsonline): Recording of bird song in the Grey Valley, 24 March 2017, believed to be SI kōkako: Other similar bird calls you may hear (from nzbirdsonline) for comparison, Tui           Kaka (several birds)           Bellbird, Other birds you may see that could resemble a kōkako from a distance (from nzbirdsonline), Long-tailed Cuckoo California Quail Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, (And you can use nzbirdsonline to help identify any bird you may see.). We, the Trustees of the South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust, will assess any evidence obtained by you and supplied to us. 2nd edition. They are both slate-grey with wattles and have black masks. A claimed sighting of the South Island kokako, a bird declared extinct six years ago, has fuelled hopes the species could still be alive. Click on the image from Victoria Forest Park >, Original photo of NI kōkako by Martin Sanders, altered to illustrate silhouette, Size: Larger than a tui and smaller than a pigeon, Shape: Long legs, relatively long tail, short rounded wings in flight, short stocky beak with downward curve, Colour: Dark grey or grey-blue in colour, black facial mask with an orange wattle (range from straw-orange-red in colour), Movements: Hopping, bounding or running gait, may be seen hopping along or up or down branches or tree trunks, Original photo NI kōkako by Mark Darin, altered to illustrate silhouette, When: The more active times of year are likely to be April to early June and October-December, Where: Native forests in South and Stewart Islands. Sightings are ranked. However it's remotely possible they may survive in low numbers in remote parts of the South Island and Stewart Island. The wattles of the South Island kōkako (rear) are orange. We will ask independent expert ornithologists to appraise it too. If you'd like to print the information you need to remind you of the details, we have produced a handy SI kōkako flier. The last sighting was in Mt Aspiring National Park in 1967, and it was declared extinct by the Department of Conservation in 2004. This remarkable bird needs you! The last verified sighting of the South Island kōkako in the 20th century was in 1967, with the species being officially declared extinct by DOC in 2008. If you believe you have seen or heard a possible South Island kōkako, please use our Log an Encounter form to contact the Trust. Song: The song has a sharp clarity compared with tui or other songbirds, particularly for flute- light notes. For this reason, we are less likely to be convinced by calls alone. South Island kokako. The South Island kōkako is an ancient bird once widespread in southern New Zealand forests. In 2013 a kōkako search party was unable to locate any kōkako on Secretary Island. We are hugely grateful to the two sponsors of this reward, initially Mōhua Investments Ltd and now The Morgan Foundation, who have matched the earlier reward of $5,000. Acknowledgement: We're grateful to the following organisations for supporting our search campaign: use nzbirdsonline to help identify any bird, Strategic plan for the conservation of the South Island kōkako, February 2014, Brief Strategy, South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust, February 2017, map of possible encounters in recent years. Occasionally similar to a NI kōkako with 'mews', haunting organ-like and ringing bell-like notes and song, and a noise that sounds like 'took'. The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust is preparing a map to show you when and where the best encounters have been reported and we’ll let you know when it’s ready here. 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