Did you know….?
- Ngutuparore is our Māori name, but scientists call us Anarhynchus frontalis.
- We live only in Aotearoa, nowhere else in the world.
- We breed on large braided rivers in central South Island from August-January.
- We’re tiny; just 20–21cm long and weigh around 43–71 gm, so we’re very hard to see.
- Our eggs are blue-grey and lightly speckled to look just like river stones and pebbles. We evolved this way to ‘hide-in-plain sight’ from large native predatory birds.
- But introduced predators including cats, dogs, stoats, and hedgehogs can smell us very well, so they hunt and kill us and our chicks.
- Many of our braided river habitats have been lost to agriculture or covered in weeds, so our population is declining.