May 18, 2022

Milestones: New Zealand Birds Online Reaches 10,000 Images

New Zealand Birds Online is hosted by the National Library of New Zealand.

From a National Library of New Zealand Blog Post:

Of the 10,000 images contributed to date, 8277 appear on the live site. We receive too many images of some species for us to publish them all. The species with the most images contributed to date is the variable oystercatcher, with 99. This is followed by Australasian gannet (95), southern black-backed gull (91),pied shag (81), Antipodean albatross (78), New Zealand dotterel (76), New Zealand pigeon (74), New Zealand dabchick (73), New Zealand pipit (71), and white-faced heron and New Zealand fantail (both with 69 images).

At the other end of the spectrum, there are 87 living species with fewer than ten images each, including two species with just single images (white-rumped sandpiper and white-browed woodswallow – both of which are vagrant species in New Zealand). The New Zealand breeding species with the fewest images contributed so far are Auckland Island rail (2 images), great spotted kiwi (6 images), barn owl and rook (7 images), and white-headed petrel, subantarctic little shearwater, Kermadec storm petrel, black-bellied storm petrel and white-bellied storm petrel (all with 8 images).

10,000 images is a fantastic tribute to the 409 photographers who have generously supported NZ Birds Online.

The collection reached 9,000 images on January 12, 2016.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.