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Matuku / Bittern

New Zealand weta in flax bushes

The bittern has a conservation status of nationally critical and is thought to number less than 900 individuals.


Help us to help the Miromiro/Tomtit

Matuku are dependent on wetlands and with their habitat under threat, they are globally endangered. In New Zealand, they are listed as threatened - nationally critical with fewer than 1,000 individuals.

With over 75% of our indigenous species at risk of extinction*, the Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance is raising funds to help defend the many special species of the Waitākere Ranges.

Thank you for your support of this secretive bird!

*Extinction threat to indigenous species | Stats NZ. 

Image credits: Fern by Toby Hall on Unsplash