9WI BIODIVERSITYMy favouriteNew ZealandLiving Thing“VOTE for ONE animal”
Tauhou - Waxeye, Silvereyepicture Vote for Tauhou because …it is such an active and entertaining bird. Some say it is the most common native bird in NZ gardens but look carefully as it is very small! It can be a great help in the garden as it eats bugs and pests that damage vegetables. Tauhou is very acrobatic - especially when it hangs upside down as it eats its food!Scientific names: Zosterops lateralisType of Animal: bird – because it has feathers and lays eggs.Is it endemic?: Tauhou is native because it is also found in Australia.Where is it found?: throughout New Zealand living in the bush and in gardens.Special features: They measure just 12 centimetres long and weigh a mere 12grams. They even come equipped with a tiny brush-tipped tongue for drinkingnectar from flowers. Delightful! The white ring around their eyes is very distinctive.Their nests are tiny cups of grass, moss, hair and spiderweb hanging from a smalltree or shrub. Their eggs are small, fragile and pale blue.
FANTAIL Vote for the FANTAIL because it is very friendly around humans and is not afraid to fly around you plus it is very beautiful with its attractive fantail. It almost never stops moving, flitting around from branch to branch, picking off insects. Even swooping to snatch them from the air!Scientific names:Rhipidura fuliginosaType of Animal:Bird because it has feathers, warm blooded and lays eggs.Is it endemic?: It is a native but also found in Australasia, the Indiansubcontinent, southeast Asia and Polynesia.Where is it found?: It is usually found in the NZ rainforest.Special features: It grows up to 16 cm (half of which is it’s tail) it often flieswithin several metres of humans and never stays still. It eats insects and cancatch them flying in mid air. It’s nest is an interesting shape, an upside downhollow cone made from sticks, spider cobweb, and mud. The fantail uses it’stail to attract mates.
The amazing, Kakapo Vote for (this Living Thing) because it is an unique and flightless bird.It is the world’s heaviest parrot and possibly the oldest living bird.The Kakapo is definitely a loner, sleeping all day and loves to wander around the forest at night, alone. They only gather to breed, and the females are left to raise the chicks alone. Just like humans…..Scientific names:Strigops HabroptilaType of Animal: Owl Parrot, birdIs it endemic?: Yes, it is endemic to New ZealandWhere is it found?: It is found in the forest.Special features:There special features are:They live up to 95-120 years.habroptila means ‘soft feathers’ .The kakapo is critically endangered to NZ
Names of My NZ AnimalInsert/paste picture here Vote for (my NZ Animal) because … I believe you should vote for our national bird because it has been apart of our culture for generations and to depart from it now would mean the extinction of a big part of our life. The kiwi makes us who we are without it we would be just like everyone else normal and with nothing to fight for. Well I’ve done what I can to persuaded you to vote for your life and soul I only hope you make the right decision.Scientific names: ApteryxType of Animal: bird (kiwi)Is it endemic?:yesWhere is it found?:newZealandSpecial features: flightless
TuataraInsert/paste picture here Vote for Tuatara because … It is endemic to New Zealand, It has lived longer than a dinosaur. Tuataras are known as living fossils because it is around for so many years . New Zealand is the only country in the world where tuatara survive in the wild and it’s the name of the fastest car ever.Scientific names:Sphenodon punctatus. By: Rabia Fatima:]Type of Animal: ReptileIs it endemic?: Yes a Tuatara is endemic to New ZealandWhere is it found?:Tuatara are only found in their native habitat on near shore islands of New Zealand. They arealso kept in protective captivity on the mainland.Special featuresTuatara are greenish brown and grey, and measure up to 80 cm from head to tail-tip and weigh up to 1.3kg with a spiny crest along the back, especially pronounced in males eat spiders, small birds and insects
North Island Kokako Vote for North Island kokako because …the kokako has a beautiful, clear, organ-like song. Its call can carry for kilometers. Breeding pairs sing together in a bell-like duet for up to an hour in the early morning. It prefers to hop and leap from branch, through the forest on its powerful grey legs. It does not fly and glide as much like other birds!Scientific names: Callaeas cinereusType of Animal: North Island kokako is a forest bird because it has feathers and itlays eggs on land.Is it endemic?: Yes, it is endemic to New Zealand as it is from the north island inNZ.Where is it found?: It is usually found in the forest in the north island of NewZealand.Special features: It is slate-grey with blue wattles on its neck and a black mask with a longtail and short wings. Wattles are coloured fleshy lobe hanging from the head or neck ofdomestic birds.
Black Stilt Vote for (my NZ Animal) because … Your vote will help spread the awareness of these cute, rare endangered birds from becoming extinct. Scientific names: Himantopus novaelandiae Maori name: Kaki Type of Animal: Bird. Is it endemic?:Yes Where is it found? It is found in the braided rivers and swamps of the Upper Waitaki Basin Special features: The Black stilt is the rarest wading bird. Black Stilts are becoming extinct because of dogs and human activities such as boating and fishing. The Black Stilts habitat is being threatened by the change of river flows and new hydro electric dams.
Names of My NZ AnimalInsert/paste picture here Vote for (my NZ Animal) because … it’s a Mean Bird And It Is Very Colourful (:Scientific names: alcedinesType of Animal: BirdIs it endemic?: NoWhere is it found?: New Zealand And AustraliaSpecial features: Kingfishers are generally shy birds, but in spite of this they feature heavily in human culture, generally due to the large head supporting its powerful mouth, their bright plumage, or some species interesting behaviour
Morepork Vote for the Morepork because … It is a stealthy bird that can catch its prey without alarming it and its eyes are big and yellow. The morepork has unusual feathers compared to other owls. It is unique to New Zealand.Scientific names: Ninox novaeseelandiaeType of Animal: Owl/bird, because it has feathers and lays eggs. It is a mammal.Maori Name: RuruIs it endemic?:No, it is not endemic it is a native bird. It flew to New Zealand by itself, but it is found inother countries.Where is it found?: Moreporks are commonly found in forests, throughout the mainland NewZealand and in offshore islands. They are less common in drier areas like Otago and Canterbury.Special features: They have acute hearing and are sensitive to light. They have speckled darkbrown feathers and big bright yellow eyes. Moreporks can almost fly silently, as they have soft fringes atthe end of their feathers. This helps them capture their prey without alerting them. Moreporks haveexcellent hearing.
Albatross /ToroaInsert/paste picture here Vote Vote for (The Albatross) because … for It has one of the biggest wings spans and me! when it is a baby it is one of the cutest birds. Vote for the ALBATROSS!Scientific names: Diomedea sanfordiType of Animal: BirdIs it endemic?: This Bird is endemic because it only breeds in New ZealandWhere is it found?: Chatham Islands and Taiaroa Head, South IslandSpecial features: Very large wings
Green geckoInsert/paste picture here Vote for (my NZ Animal) because … Sup jacobScientific names:Type of Animal: green geckoIs it endemic?:Where is it found?: new zealandSpecial features:
Gannet/ TakapuInsert/paste picture here Vote for Gannet! It is a seabird that hunts fish by diving into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater. Gannets have a number of adaptations which enable them to do this. They have no nostrils, they have air sacs in their face and chest under their skin which act like bubble wrapping, cushioning the impact with the water; their eyes are positioned far enough forward on their face to give them binocular vision,Scientific names: Morus bassanus allowing them to judge distances accurately.Type of Animal: Gannets are seabirds This is an awesome bird, so Vote for it!Is it endemic?: Unfortunately, no. Because it is also found in Australia.Where is it found?: In the Northern Island of New ZealandSpecial features: The gannets are large black and white birds with yellowheads. They have long pointed wings and long bills.
My New Zealand Animal Is A:Galaxias Argenteus (Giant Kokopu)Insert/paste picture here Vote foe this Giant Kokopu because … The reason why you should vote for this Nice Giant Kokopu is because this fish is only found in New Zealand and it grows up to 45 cm long. Scientific names: Galaxias argenteus Type of Animal: Fish Is it endemic?: Yes it is because you can only find in in new Zealand Where is it found?:Only found in New Zealand in Lakes and RiversSpecial features: It’s a nice brownish fish that can blend in with most things under the water.
DotterelInsert/paste picture here Vote for (this Living Thing) because it is cool…Scientific names:Charadrius obscurus aquiloniusType of Animal:BirdIs it endemic?:No it is introducedWhere is it found?: Northern NZ from North Cape to Taharoa South Beach in thewest and Mahia Peninsula in the east.Special features:It has a heavy black bill with a slightly upturned tip andproportionately short olive-grey legs
..:: Lesser Short-Tailed Bat ::..Pictures: Vote for the Lesser Short-Tailed Bat because… It is such a curious and active creature! This bat also presents many amazing features… Such as those leathery wings shown in the images on the left. It is also quite rare for a mammal to be endemic to New Zealand… And the Lesser Short-Tailed Bat is extra special for that reason. This small bat is also the only mammal offered to 9WI! Please vote for this stunning bat! Scientific names: Mystacina tuberculata.Type of Animal: Mammal because all bat-like creatures are warm blooded.Is it endemic?: Yes because it is only found in New Zealand.Where is it found?: Located in the North Island on rare occasions. Has been recently found in Taranaki.Special features: There are so many amazing features that make the Lesser Short-Tailed bat so special!Firstly, those smooth wings are perfect for gliding through New Zealand’s skies and look stunning with this bat’sover-sized ears! The Lesser Short Tailed bat is also one of the only bats found throughout the world which catchesprey on the forest floor, which is where they spend most of their time. For all of these reasons, this New Zealandbat is usually referred to as the ‘weirdest bat ever found in the world’.
Names of My NZ Animal : Blue Mao MaoInsert/paste picture here Vote for (my NZ Animal) because … The blue mao mao is found around eastern Australia and northern New Zealand, over reef areas and off headlands. Its length is between 20 and 45 cm. Blue mao mao are most easily recognized by their electric blue colouring.Scientific names:Scorpis violaceaType of Animal: fishIs it endemic?: NoWhere is it found?: goat islandSpecial features : the electric blue colouring
Little Barrier Island Giant WetaInsert/paste picture here Vote for Little Barrier Island Giant Weta because this is the largest Weta in New Zealand. It is also the largest Weta in the world because the Weta only lives in New Zealand. This beautiful Beast is threatened and only found on Little barrier island. Vote for this animal because it is the most majestic creature in the world. A Weta found on the Island has the record for heaviest insect at 71 grams! Scientific names: Deinacrida heteracantha Type of Animal: Kingdom: Animilia, Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Insecta, Order: Orthoptera, Family: Anostostomatidae, Genius: Deinacrida, and Species: D. heteracantha Is it endemic?: Yes it is. Where is it found?: Little Barrier Island Special features: This Weta is the largest in the world and one has the record for heaviest insect in the world.
Wood Pigeon/Kereru Vote for Wood Piegeon because … New Zealand Wood Pigeons are forest birds favouring lowland forests dominated by pod carps. The Wood Pigeon is found in most areas of both the North and South Island. You can see these birds around school flying around! Diet Berries of the Puriri, Miro, Taraire and Karaka, supplemented by Nikau and Kahikatea are the Wood Pigeon’s favourite food all the year round. They also eat the berries and new growth of other species. Wood Pigeons can drink without raising their heads to swallow, which is unusual for a bird. Breeding The New Zealand Wood Pigeon breeds in spring and early summer. Mating is characterised by spectacular aerial displays of both sexes, particularly the male. The female lays a single egg which is very long, narrow and white. Both adults care for the egg during the 28 day incubation period, the hen through the night and morning, and the male midday till evening. The Wood Pigeon breeds very slowly and studies show that fewer than 15% of chicks survive to independence.Scientific names: Columba palumbusType of Animal: A Bird because it has feathersIs it endemic?: yes because its only found in New ZealandWhere is it found?: the wood pigeon is found all around New Zealand both inthe north and south island.Special features:The Wood Pigeon was considered good eating and waspreserved and stored.
Names of My NZ Animal : blue penguinInsert/paste picture here Vote for (blue penguin) because it can not fly!!! …Scientific names:eudyptula minorType of Animal:penguinIs it endemic?:Where is it found?:new Zealand AustraliaSpecial features: it can not fly!!!!!
Fresh Water CrayfishInsert/paste picture here Vote for (freshwater crayfish) because Because it is a really interesting animal. It looks interesting. Its features and life are really going to shock you. The way they spend their life is really cool.Scientific names:Astacopsis gouldiType of Animal: invertebrateIs it endemic?: no but its native.Where is it found?: Mostly in AustraliaSpecial features: Their children are attached to their legs for most of their life thereason is they keep them away from predators.
Now you can vote for the New Zealand animal fromthis list that you think is the BEST ……(Find the VOTING file in theBiodiversity topic on e-LynC and make your choice)