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12x6cm. The karearea is a rare small native falcon and is NZ's only endemic raptor

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The Karearea is a pursuit predator and can catch prey six times it own weight. It is a bird catching specialist as it evolved in New Zealand without mammals, but now takes anything from ice to hares. It is New Zealand's fastest bird, and it is an exhilarating sight to see the Karearea in hunting action. It is often confused with the larger and more common Australasian harrier, but it is very rarely found eating carrion.    

The population of Karearea is estimated to be between 5,000 and 8,000 and is classified as threatened with extinction. There is a 75% mortality rate in the first year, and Karearea face a number of threats in the wild. Karearea often nest on the ground where there is a risk of predation from cats, pigs, possums, hedgehogs, rats and mustelids. Uninsulated transformers on power poles lead to electrocution. Persecution, due to hungry falcons gravitation towards chicken coops, pigeon lofts and dove cotes in the cooler months, is still common place in some rural areas. If people and New Zealand's fragile indigenous fauna like Karearea are to live together, a focused programme of educating people is vital. 

Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust is one such programme. Located in Rotorua, it is recognised as New Zealand's leading conservation, education and research organisation for New Zealand's birds of prey, with a special focus on Karearea. They are a small passionate group of people that put on an interesting falconry show 'Flight of the Falcon'. It is the only place in New Zealand where the public can see the threatened, endemic Karearea in action. Unless you are lucky enough to spot the chase in the wild. 

The Karearea won the New Zealand Bird of the Year in 2012. Voting is in apx October/November every year and is always an exciting and heavily competed contest.

The Karearea sparkly decoration was introduced in 2022.

This decoration is made of fabric, sequins, beads and coloured metallic threads. It is nice and light for posting. If you need to send them internationally we can do it for you. Handy information - The cost to send up to 10x NZ Bird sparkly decorations to the same international address is the same as sending 1x.

 

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