Rare bellbird pair in Tamahere

A pair of bellbirds or korimako in a Tamahere garden are raising hopes that the native birds’ numbers are rising in the Waikato after a decades-long absence.

Sanctuary Lane resident Dynes Fulton, the Waikato district deputy mayor, first observed the pair – a male and a female – about a month ago and the once rare sighting has now become a daily occurrence.

Male korimako are more often seen on their own so the presence of the female has raised the exciting prospect that the pair might mate in breeding season later in the year.

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Sing out for bellbird

A male bellbird has been spotted feeding in trees in a Hamilton gully, sparking a call from Hamilton Halo project partners for residents to report sightings.

Bellbirds or korimako are endemic to New Zealand but until recently had been virtually unseen in Hamilton.

A member of the public contacted Hamilton City Council last week after hearing what he thought was a bellbird’s distinctive song in AJ Seeley Gully at Claudelands.

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Reports of bird sightings urged

Waikato people are being encouraged to report sightings of certain native birds on an updated web page launched to coincide with Conservation Week, this week.

Waikato Regional Council has previously had a facility for people to report tui and bellbird sightings as part of the Halo project controlling pests at tui breeding sites around Hamilton. There have been significant increases in reported tui sightings since the project began.

Now, for Conservation Week, the council has established an updated page on its website so that people are also able to report sightings of kaka and kereru.

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