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Black Robins - In 1980 there were only five of these birds left, with only one fertile female. That’s this little lady , Old Blue. Anyway, so this guy named Don Merton stepped in when everyone else threw in the towel, and he was like, “Well let’s try something.” And they tried something, and it worked. Now there’s a population of a couple of hundred of them, and since they live exclusively on these tiny islands off New Zealand, that’s a fairly decent population.

Bush wren- extinct. Photo of bird that died in captivity during attempted rescue operation. Big South Cape Island, Stewart Island, 1964-9

The Weka or woodhen (Gallirallus australis) is a flightless bird species of the rail family. It is endemic to New Zealand, where four subspecies are recognized. Weka are sturdy brown birds, about the size of a chicken

A plague of rats on Big South Cape Island in 1964 was responsible for the extinction of several rare bird species. These rats were trapped and killed in a single night.