The national park provides the only habitat for many of Taranaki’s bird species. At last count 28 native and 15 introduced bird species are found in the park.

A number of vulnerable native species have already been lost or severely depleted. Birds we hope to return to the project area over time include black petrels and a variety of other seabirds, kākāriki, robin/tōutōuwai, kokako, kākā, saddleback/tīeke.  We are also looking at two bat species (depleted, with one possibly lost).

Threatened species still hanging on include the Western North Island brown kiwi and fernbird/mātatā and whio/blue duck. Without committed action against predators, we might lose even more existing species such as the New Zealand falcon/kārearea, long-tailed cuckoo/koekoeā, shining cuckoo/pīpīpiwharauroa, bellbird/makomako and New Zealand pipit/pīhoihoi.