IBA Trigger Species: Hutton's Shearwater, Spotted Shag, Black-fronted Tern, Black-billed Gull, Kea.
Besides the trigger species the following are confirmed or likely to be breeding or resident are: Little Penguin, Pied Shag, Little Shag, White-faced Heron, Reef Heron, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern, Canada Goose, Paradise Shelduck, Mallard, Australasian Harrier, NZ Falcon, South Island Pied Oystercatcher, Variable Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, NZ Pigeon, Shining Cuckoo, Morepork, NZ Kingfisher, South Island Rifleman, Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, Grey Warbler, South Island Fantail, South Island Tomtit, NZ Robin, Silvereye, Bellbird, Tui, Californian Quail, Skylark, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cirl Bunting, Yellowham-mer, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow, Starling, Australian Magpie.
Other species recorded: Yellow-eyed Penguin, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Siberian Tattler, Asiatic Whimbrel.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia/Kaikoura. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/06/2019.