Meet the Birds

The Kererū

The Kererū or New Zealand wood-pigeon is a conspicuous bird usually heard before seen. Kererū are important. Since the extinction of the Moa, the kererū  are now the only birds left that can swallow fruit greater than 12 mm in diameter and dispersing the seed again whole. This means that the future of our native trees is closely linked to the survival of our kererū.

What can you do to help?

Plant trees in your garden to encourage kererū to visit. Kererū have adapted their diet over the years to eat plants that are both native and exotic.

Examples of these include wineberry, Coprosma, cabbage tree, broadleaf, pigeonwood, southern rata, puriri, miro, matai, kōwhai, wattle, Scottish broom, tree lucerne, holly, Laburnum, Virgillia, silver poplar, flowering cherry/plum, pear, pillow, and rowan.

Meet the Charities.

Bird Shirts is currently supporting grassroots charities that are helping out Kererū in the South Island. We are looking forward to expanding our support for native birds as our range grows. 

Project Kererū

Project Kererū is a voluntary community-based conservation project that is changing the fate of sick and injured kererū in the South Island. You can follow them on Facebook here.

Meet Us. 

Bird Shirts is run by a small team of two based in Christchurch who have a passion for all thing birdsWe started Bird Shirts to provide kiwis with an opportunity to support the birds they love and wear their image proudly on their chest.  

Conservation Projects and Charities Supported by Bird Shirts

Dunedin Wildlife Hospital

The Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin is based at Otago Polytechnic, on the South Island of New Zealand – home to some of the world’s most unique and most threatened species. Our wildlife veterinary team treat a wide variety of native species, including parrots, penguins, reptiles, and sea lions. The hospital is crucial for the survival of many of these creatures.

Takahē Recovery Programme

For more than 65 years attempts to save takahē have pioneered conservation techniques for protected species in New Zealand and in the world.

The Takahē Recovery Programme involves a network of people throughout New Zealand, working together to ensure the takahē is never again ‘considered extinct’.

The Kea Conservation Trust

The Kea Conservation Trust is a charitable organisation with a strong community focus, which is dedicated to the conservation of kea, one of New Zealands most charismatic flagship species. The Trust achieve these objectives through partnerships with people and communities to research and raise awareness of kea, their habitat and the unique issues impacting on kea and our fragile NZ mountain ecosystems. The team also investigate and initiate practical methods of mitigating impacts through promoting community conservation efforts and collaborating with relevant community groups and stakeholders.


Wingspan supports wild populations directly by releasing captive bred falcons and rehabilitating injured wild birds. Through research and advocacy, Wingspan also supports long-term sustainable conservation action by identifying the reasons for the decline in wild populations and promoting action to reverse this.


ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare (500+ acre) ecosanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, some of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years. 

Kākāpō Recovery

Kākāpō Recovery combines the efforts of scientists, rangers, volunteers and donors to protect the critically endangered kākāpō.

The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust

The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is a long established non-governmental organisation with a specific focus on the conservation of hoiho across its range.

We ensure the survival of hoiho by managing birds and their habitat, and addressing impacts in the marine and terrestrial environments.