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Birds found at Akaroa
(Bird life which may be seen throughout the year includes):—
Little blue penguin Eudyptula minor
Yellow-eyed penguin Megadyptes antipodes
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator
Black Shag Phalacrocorax carbo
Pied Shag Phalacrocorax varius
Little Shag Phalacrocorax melanoleucus
Spotted Shag  Stictocarbo punctatus
White-faced Heron  Ardea novaehollandiae
White Heron Egretta alba
Reef Heron Egretta sacra
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
PukekoPorphyrio porphyrio melanotus
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus
Black Swan Cygnus atratus
Paradise Duck Tadorna variegate
Mallard Duck  Anas platyrhynchos
Grey Duck Anas superciliosa
Australasian Harrier Circus approximans
New Zealand Falcon Falco novaeseelandiae
South Island Pied Oystercatcher  Haematopus ostralegus
Variable Oystercatcher  Haematopus unicolor
Spur–winged Plover Vanellus miles
Southern Black Backed Gull Larus dominicanus
Red-billed Gull Larus scopulinus
Black-billed Gull Larus bulleri
Caspian Tern  Sterna caspia
White-fronted Tern Sterna striata
New Zealand pigeon Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
Shining cuckoo  Chrysococcyx lucidas.

The cuckoos migrate from the Pacific Islands, arriving in New Zealand from around September and leaving again around March.
Morepork  Ninox novaeseelandiae
Kingfisher Halcyon sancta
Welcome Swallow  Hirundo tahitica neoxena
New Zealand Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae
Dunnock  Prunella modularis
Fantail  Rhipidura fulginosa
Grey warbler  Gerygone igata
Song Thrush  Turdus philomelus
Blackbird Turdus merula
Bellbird  Anthornis melanura
Chaffinch Fringilla coelabs
Red Poll Caruelis flammea
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Starling  Sturnus vulgaris
Silvereye  Zosterops lateralis
(Other interesting wildlife which may be seen):—
The world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin may also be seen with their calves between October and March, and also the New Zealand Fur Seal sunning themselves on the harbours rocks near the entrance at Seal Bay.
(page last updated  23 January 2007)