Shore plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae)

Via Contain Cats NZ:

Shore plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae)

New Zealand status: Endemic

Conservation status: Nationally Critical

In NZ free roaming cats (domestic and feral) are a threat to the long term survival of many shorebirds.

“New Zealand shore plover are critically endangered, with only 63 breeding pairs currently known. 30 (17 from the Trust) captive-bred juveniles were first released on Motutapu Island in early 2012. In June 2013 there were four birds (one female, three males) remaining on the island – sighted at Gardiners Gap and Pig Bay. After the 2012 release several dead individuals were found in an Auckland garden, predated by cats. One dead female was also found on Takapuna Beach in Auckland due to cat predation.”

(The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, Wednesday 28th January 2015)


image (c/- NZ birds online); Shore plover. Male adult with chick. Mana Island, December 2012. Image © Glenda Rees by Glenda Rees Glenda Rees (


Here is another article in regards to the NZ shore plover:

Birds have been using the same (flight routes and) nesting grounds for thousand of years and to relocate them can be difficult and sometimes even Impossible.

It should be us humans modifying our lives around nature and doing the right things.Not the other way around.

(But as 99.9999% of the world’s population are unsuccessful in life or in one of the 3 aspects, because they are in a mental state of sleep,this state of wakening sleep causes all sort of other problems to the planet.

And it’s therefore a slow and maybe impossible task.)


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