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Tuke and Fern

Crèche graduates Tuke and Fern live in the wild near Blackball. The Paparoa Wildlife Trust (PWT) monitors their nesting attempts, and Atarau Sanctuary researchers run autonomous recorders on their territory to listen in on their calls. We can recognise both Tuke and Fern by their calls!

The PWT’s kiwi ranger places cameras near nesting burrows with great care to avoid disturbing the incubating bird (usually the male during the day). Video footage from nests is provided by PWT and is posted here with their permission. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about their amazing conservation work in the Paparoas!


Hatch Date: 5 February 2012
Sex: Male
Parents: Scratch and Scratcher
Released to wild: 26 January 2013


Hatch Date: 13 February 2014
Sex: Female
Parents: Tairea and Lou
Released to wild: 24 February 2015

We have been running automated acoustic recorders on Tuke and Fern’s territory since the middle of 2020. Our deep learning algorithm has learned to recognise their calls. You can view a map that shows the general area they call in, and listen to their individually-unique songs, by exploring our roroa visualisation tools.

See Tuke and Fern's range

Hear Tuke and Fern's unique calls

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