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New breeding aviary for rare bird

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/06/2017

A new breeding aviary will be built near Twizel for the world's rarest wading bird, the black stilt.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says in 1991 there were only 31 black stilts in the wild, and now there are 106.

"They are so vulnerable to being killed by feral cats, stoats and ferrets that their habitat is limited to a few open braided rivers in the heart of the Southern Alps," she said.

A snow storm two years ago destroyed one black stilt aviary and seriously damaged another.

Ms Barry says they have excellent breeding capability but they have to be protected from predators.

Her department wants the black stilt to "completely recover from the edge of extinction".

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