Beech/Podocarp Forest (Diurnal)

A Terrestrial Biodiversity Hotspot

South Island kaka

Target threatened species: Endemic forest birds; South Island kaka, yellowhead / mohua

ABT’s forest bird monitoring programme for indigenous avifauna includes kaka, yellow-crowned kakariki, riffleman / tītipounamu , tomtit / miromiro, fantail / piwakawaka and other more frequently encountered species to help inform and guide existing and future invasive mammalian predator control efforts in collaboration with Forest and Bird. Methods include surveyor point counts,  mist netting and the use of acoustic recorders. Engagement with the local school is integral to this process and began following a presentation delivery and short exercise on Makarora’s important biodiversity.

SI tomtit
South Island tomtit (male)

The local branch of Forest and Bird (Central Otago) historically established an initial predator control trapping programme for Mohua within the Makarora Valley. The success of the trapping programme is measured to some extent by annual mohua population surveys sponsored by the Department of Conservation. This does not include the Shrimpton/Charteris beech/ podocarp forest compartment which is the current focus of ABT’s forest bird monitoring programme.

makarora forest mistletoe
New Zealand scarlet mistletoe (Peraxilla colensoi) flowering in Makarora forest habitat. Often a food resource for the endangered South Island kaka
Juvenile South Island tom tit (Dec 2018)
Adult yellow-crowned karkiriki showing the red frontal band in front of the yellow crown (Sept 2019) Nick Beckwith, Shrimpton track.
forest bird banding
Introduction to forest bird banding with Makarora School students and a parent