Mokohinau Islands

Year of compilation: 2014

Site description
Key biodiversity

Trigger species: Common Diving Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, Red-fronted Parakeet,
Kaka (occasional visitor)

Ornithological information: Besides the trigger species the following are confirmed breeding or resident on the islands: Little Penguin, Grey-faced Petrel, Black-winged Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Northern Little Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwa-ter, White-faced Storm petrel, Common Diving Petrel, Australasian Gannet, Pied Shag, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, White-fronted Tern, Reef Heron, White-faced Heron, Australasian Harrier, Morepork, NZ Kingfisher, Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, North Island Fantail, Grey Warbler, Silvereye, Bellbird, Tui, Skylark, Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Starling. Other species recorded: Buller’s Shearwater*, Fles-footed Shearwater*, Fairy Prion**, Cook’s Petrel2, Pycroft’s Petrel*, Black-bellied Storm Petrel (most likely NZ Storm Petrel)*, NZ Storm Petrel**, Little Shag, Wandering Tattler, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Noddy (Grey Ternlet), NZ Pigeon, Rock Pigeon, Shining Cuckoo, Long-tailed Cuckoo, Common Myna.

* Attracted to lighthouse light
** Attracted during spotlighting

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity

Human disturbance – Yes - Burgess Island is open public access however there are some restrictions in place (no camping, fires and dogs). Bait and tracking stations are in place on the island and maintained infrequently by DOC staff from Great Barrier Island.

Predation by alien species – No
Habitat loss or degradation – No
Contamination – No
Natural disaster – No
Other - No

Protected areas

Mokohinau Islands - Nature Reserve - 111ha - Protected area contained by site (includes all islands apart from Burgess Island

Burgess Island - Scenic Reserve - 54 ha - Protected area contained by site

Burgess Island - MNZ Light-house Reserve (part of Burgess Island Scenic Reserve)- 2ha - Protected area contained by site

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mokohinau Islands. Downloaded from on 29/03/2023.