New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Morepork

Scientific name:

 Ninox novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae

Maori Name:

 Ruru

 

 

Conservation status

 Not threatened

Mainland status:

 Widespread and moderately common

Size:

 29cm, 175g

Breeding:

 September - February

Diet:

 Mainly large insects, mice and small birds 

Morepork - photographer: Simon FordhamThe morepork is a dark brown owl with buff coloured bars on its chest and underparts and large yellow eyes set in a dark facial mask.

Being nocturnal, they feed at night, mainly on large insects like weta, cicadas, moths, huhu beetles, and other night flying insects.  They also eat spiders, mice, small rats and small birds.  Any indigestible material is dropped from the daytime perch and collects on the forest floor.

The morepork has a variety of calls, calling mainly at night and starting at dusk. The familiar call is a very clear 'more-pork' which carries through a still night and can be heard a long way off.  They screech a repeated 'cree' when hunting.

Breeding is between September and February and the nest can be virtually anywhere. It could be found on the ground, sheltered behind rocks or in a petrel burrow, or high up in the hollow of a tree or branch.  Sometimes in epiphytes or in a cabbage tree.  The eggs are incubated solely by the female for 20 - 30 days and the young moreporks fledge about 35 days after hatching.

Find more information about morepork at New Zealand Birds Online.

Photography by Simon Fordham ©

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking.