The Silent Bush

Human beings have lived in New Zealand for the last thousand years.


Species of birds which have become extinct in New Zealand in the last thousand years:

                Little Bush Moa

                Upland Moa

                Heavy-Footed Moa

                Crested Moa

                Mappin’s Moa

                Eastern Moa

                Stout-Legged Moa

                Coastal Moa

                Slender Bush Moa

                Large Bush Moa

                Giant Moa

                New Zealand Pelican

                New Zealand Swan

                South Island Goose

                North Island Goose

                Chatham Island Duck

                Finsch’s Duck

                Scarlett’s Duck

                De Lautour’s Duck

                Blue-Billed Duck

                Eyles’ Harrier

                Chatham Island Sea-Eagle

                Giant New Zealand Eagle


                Giant Chatham Island Rail

                Hodgen’s Rail

                Yaldwyn’s Wren

                Grant-Mackie’s Wren

                New Zealand Coot


                Giant Chatham Island Snipe

                New Zealand Owlet-Nightjar

                New Zealand Crow

                North Island Takahe

                New Zealand Little Bittern

                Auckland Island Merganser

                Chatham Island Rail

                Laughing Owl

                Bush Wren

                Stephens Island Wren

                Chatham Island Fernbird



                New Zealand Quail

                Dieffenbach’s Rail

                Stewart Island Snipe

                Little Barrier Snipe

                Chatham Island Bellbird

                South Island Kokako

The Huia

Let it be our solemn promise
        To Mother Earth
That from now on we shall
Take very good care of her.
- Sri Chinmoy


The aphorism above, appears in the collection Sri Chinmoy's Heart-Garden.

Visit the home page of John Thomas Pusateri Jr and view his moving photographs of dead birds
- then he may forgive me for borrowing the photograph above.