Maori Bird Names

Australasian gannet - takapū
Australasian harrier (harrier hawk) - kahu
Banded dotterel - tuturiwhata
Banded rail - mohopereru
Bellbird - korimako
Black-billed and red-billed gulls - tarāpunga
Black-fronted and white-fronted tern - tara
Black petrel - tāiko
Black shag - kawau
Black stilt - kakī
Blue duck - whio
Brown teal - pateke
Bush wren - mātuhi
Caspian tern - taranui
Dabchick - weweia
Diving petrel - kuaka
Fairy prion - titi-wainui
Fantail - pīwakawaka
Fernbird - matatā
Godwit - kuaka
Grey duck - pārera
Grey teal - tete
Grey warbler - riroriro
Kaka - nō English name
Kākāpō (translation 'night parrot') - no English name
Kea - nō English name
Kererū / Kukupa - New Zealand pigeon
Kingfisher - kōtare
Kiwi - nō English name
Kōkako - sometimes known as 'wattled crow'
Little blue penguin - kororā
Little shag - kawaupaka
Long-tailed cuckoo - koekoeā
Morepork - ruru
New Zealand falcon - kārearea
New Zealand shoveler duck - kuruwhengi
Pied shag - karuhiruhi
Pied stilt - poaka
Pūkeko - swamp hen
Red-crowned or yellow-crowned parakeet - kākāriki (translation 'green')
Rifleman - titipounamu
Robin - toutouwai
Royal albatross - toroa
Saddleback - tieke
Silvereye - tauhou
Shining cuckoo - pīpīwharauroa
Sooty and Hutton's shearwaters - titi
South Island oystercatcher - tōrea
Stitchbird - hīhī
Takahē - no English name (moho is an older Māori name for takahē)
Tomtit - miromiro
Tūī - sometimes known as 'parson's bird' because of the white tuft of feathers on its throat
Variable oystercatcher - tōrea-pango
Weka - wood hen
Whithead - popokatea
White heron - kōtuku
Wrybill - ngutu-parore
Yellow-eyed penguin - hōiho (translation 'noisy shouter')
Yellowhead - mohua