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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2006) 51(1): 3–7
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New Zealand Falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae) in Pine Plantations in the Hawke's Bay

N. Addison , J. Holland and E. Minot

The New Zealand falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae) is a rare, endemic species. Its range has been substantially reduced due to destruction of its historical habitat. In recent years, however, the bush form of the New Zealand falcon has been found nesting in clear-cuts in pine plantations in the Central North Island. This study investigated whether or not New Zealand falcons utilise pine plantations in the Hawke’s Bay in a similar way. In addition, experts familiar with the breeding and distribution of New Zealand falcons were surveyed to gain a better understanding of the behavioural attributes of the species. From the results, it is evident that New Zealand falcons are utilising clear-cut areas in Hawke’s Bay forests and it appears the behaviour of breeding pairs is similar throughout New Zealand. The findings of this study will allow forestry companies to make informed decisions on the management of New Zealand falcon in their forests given the increased understanding of the relationship between breeding New Zealand falcon and pine forests.
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