Wairarapa Moana Ruamahanga

Country/territory: New Zealand

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2014)
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Area: 13,300 ha

Protection status:

Forest and Bird

Key biodiversity

IBA Trigger Species: Black-billed Gull, Black-fronted Tern, NZ Grebe (Dabchick), Australasian Bittern.

Other species: Black Shag, Little black Shag, Pied Shag, Little Shag, Spotted Shag, White-faced Heron, White Heron, Reef Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Black Swan, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Feral Goose, Paradise Shel-duck, Mallard, Grey Teal, NZ Scaup, Australasian Shoveler, Australasian Harrier, Pukeko, Australian Coot, Marsh (Baillon’s) Crake, Spotless Crake, Pied Oystercatcher, Variable Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern, Californian Quail, Common Pheasant, NZ Pigeon, Rock Pigeon, Eastern Rosella, NZ Kingfisher, Welcome Swallow, Shining Cuckoo, NZ Pipit, North Is-land Fantail, Grey Warbler, Silvereye, Tui, Skylark, Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow, Starling, Australian Magpie, Rook. Other species recorded: Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Chestnut-breasted Shelduck, Japanese Snipe, Pacific Golden Plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Red (Lesser) Knot, Great Knot, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Whimbrel, Little Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Common Green-shank, Marsh Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Fairy Martin.

NB: Wrybill (VU) is an annual visitor, however in small numbers. Black Stilt (CR) and NZ Dotterel (EN) are vagrants to Wairarapa Moana.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wairarapa Moana Ruamahanga. Downloaded from on 21/08/2019.