Other Inhabitants of Whenua Hou

Patricia Latas
April 30, 2014 share
Artists for Conservation

Kakapo are the largest non-human terrestrial denizens of lovely Whenua Hou. But they have many interesting neighbors.


Prior to humans, birds were the dominant vertebrates on the New Zealand Continent. The only mammals, some small bats, were tiny in comparison to the giant moas and eagles that roamed the landscape. Kakapos were the most numerous parrot in the land, when humans arrived.


Whenua Hou today is the home of many birds, 60+ species recorded so far. It is sanctuary to the South Island Kaka, Red-fronted Kakarikis, Yellow-fronted Kakarikis, Flightless Campbell Island Teal, Kereru, Ruru, Riflemen, Mohua, Tomtits, Fantails, Bellbirds, Tui, Grey Warblers. It is the nesting site for three species of penguins, many shorebirds and petrel species.


Yellow-fronted Kakariki




Yello-fronted Kakariki Fledgling





Red-fronted Kakariki




     Southern Kaka selfie





Hohio (Yellow-eyed Penguins)





Southern Island Kaka




Flightless Teal and tannic stream



Variable Oystercatchers




There are Short-tailed bats.


There are geckos and skinks (Oligosoma chloronoton, the endemic Whenua Hou skink species, and Oligosoma notosaurus, the Southern Island skink).


Lovely endemic Whenua Hou Skink--pink!




And there are many species of insects, including some indigenous staghorn beetles.


Dorcus helmsi stag beetle male



Here is a link to some excellent photos of Whenua Hou, taken by photographer James Reardon:



Codfish Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand
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