This video is called Chatham Island Petrel.
Predator control key to Chatham successes
Previously this Critically Endangered species, numbering fewer than 1,000 birds, was confined to Rangatira Island, a small island off Pitt Island, but efforts began in 2002 to create a second “insurance” breeding population.
Over four years, 200 chicks were transferred to the 40 ha Ellen Elizabeth Preece Conservation Covenant (Caravan Bush) predator-free enclosure on Pitt.
Four birds have returned so far, and this year a pair successfully reared a single chick.
“It’s the first time this has been achieved with Pterodroma petrels in New Zealand,” said Dave Houston, technical support officer for the Chatham Islands from New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC).
“DOC staff, volunteers and Pitt Islanders are rapt.”
This video is about the Chatham Islands Taiko.
The world population of this Critically Endangered species now numbers between 120 and 150 individuals.
“It is the highest number of chicks to fledge since this formerly presumed extinct species was rediscovered by ornithologist David Crockett in 1978,” said Houston.
“A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work to achieve these successes.”
Although fledging of the chicks is a milestone in the recovery of both species, there is still a long way to go.
The Chatham Petrel chick is likely to return to breed when around three to five years of age, but the Taiko are unlikely to breed until six to nine years old.
The breeding cycle, year-round distribution and activity patterns of the endangered Chatham Petrel (Pterodroma axillaris): here.
More Chatham islands: here.
Cook’s petrel: here.
Chatham islands dinosaurs: here.
Dino-Era Seabird Fossils Found in New Zealand, Chatham Islands: here.