Care for Injured Native Birds: Waiheke Island

(Emails to our branch via this website email are only cleared intermittently. If you have an emergency particularly involving native fauna; please use our branch contact phone numbers or call the Waiheke SPCA.  See contacts included in this document.  There is no DOC office on the island.)


If you find an injured or abandoned bird on Waiheke Island please contact one of the following people or organisations.


Karen Saunders (Native Bird Rescue - Waiheke Island)

020 4739464


Dr Alexandra Gilmore/Dr Bryan Cartrell (Vets on Waiheke) 

372 8387


SPCA (Michell Saunders)          

372 5222


Inga Muller

372 6744


Forest & Bird Members

-  Hue Ross


- Sue Fitchett


021 1410183

372 7600




027 384 7468       

These organisations/people can either collect the bird and take it to a vet or arrange transfer of your bird to specialist bird rescue people or organisations. More general information is also available at

Only people registered by DOC can care for native birds which are orphaned or injured, however you can perform ‘first aid’ care by placing a native bird in a e.g. a covered cardboard box and ringing Karen at Native Bird Rescue immediately (020 4739464).  Otherwise ring the SPCA,  Vets on Waiheke or the listed Forest & Bird members to help transport the bird to the appropriate clinic or centre.
NB – Keep safe when dealing with birds as they have sharp beaks/claws.

Special Note regarding Little Blue Penguins: Sometimes people see ‘feather tattered’ penguins on the beach and think they are injured.  Often they are only moulting.  It is important to leave the penguins alone and not let dogs near them.   If you see an actual wound or bleeding or a penguin is seen over an extended period in an exposed position during the day then first contact one of the above people and describe the situation and location.

Sometimes ‘Little Blue Penguins’ will climb quite a long way from the beach to nest under a person’s house.  During breeding they can be noisy and smelly and the breeding season can last from September to end of December.  If you can live with this situation that would be excellent otherwise for advice contact one of the above people who can then consult with DOC or Auckland Council Biodiversity.  It is illegal to interfere with or harm native wildlife.  “Little Blue Penguins” are a threatened species.

Fledglings Fallen from Nest:  If a fledgling (has some feathers) is found on the ground check first if the nest is near and still intact.  If nest is still intact and the parents still present then using gloves the fledgling can be placed back in the nest.  If the ground environment is safe (away from predators/traffic) the parents will continue to care for the ‘fallen fledgling’.  Observe for a period of time to see the fledgling is safe and being fed.

Emergency Bird Rescue: Care for Orphaned Birds:
If you need to care for a non-native orphaned bird yourself (e.g. in an emergency such as on a yacht or an isolated area where you cannot reach specialist carers), for a period of time, please link to: Wild Bird Charitable Trust: