New Zealand Endemic Birds - Kathy Reid

South Island Saddleback

Saddleback foraging on tree fern trunk at Ulva Island. The endemic species is most famous for being saved from extinction in 1964, when 36 birds were translocated from a rat-infested Big South Cape Island (off Stewart Island) to nearby big Kalmohu Islands. This is the first time that a rescue translocation had prevented a species from becoming extinct anywhere in the world.

From Birds of Ulva / Stewart Islands