Bay of Plenty Islands

Year of compilation: 2014

Site description
Key biodiversity

IBA Trigger species: Grey-faced Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Australasian Gannet, Orange-fronted (Malherbe's) Parakeet*, Kaka*, Australasian Bittern*, Brown Teal* **, North Island Saddleback* **

* Tuhua Mayor Island only
** Translocated species.

Ornithological information: Besides the trigger species the following are confirmed or likely to breeding or resident at these sites: Little Penguin, Fluttering Shearwater, Common Diving Petrel, Black Shag, Little Black Shag, Pied Shag, Little Shag, White-faced Heron, Reef Heron, Mallard, (Grey Duck), Australasian Harrier, Variable Oystercatcher, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern, NZ Pigeon, Shining Cuckoo, Long-tailed Cuckoo, Morepork, NZ Kingfisher, Welcome Swallow, Grey Warbler, NZ Fantail, North Island Tomtit, North Island Robin, Silvereye, Bellbird, Tui,Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mallard, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Spar-row, Starling.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity

Human disturbance – Yes -
Predation by alien species – Yes -
Habitat loss or degradation – No
Contamination – Yes -
Natural disaster – Yes -
Parasite or pathogen - No
Other - Yes

Protected areas

Tuhua Mayor Island - Wildlife Refuge - 1953
Motuotau - Scenic Reserve
Karewa island - Wildlife Sanctuary
Moutohara (Whale Island) - Wildlife Management Reserve

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bay of Plenty Islands. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.