Distribution of selected native species

The distribution of all seven indicator species has continued to decline since the 1970s

  • The distribution of kōkako and mōhua (yellowhead) has declined markedly since the 1970s.
  • Four species – the short-tailed bat; dactylanthus (a flowering plant); and two bird species, the mōhua (yellowhead) and kōkako – are now found in only 5 percent or less of their pre-human range.
  • Changes to the distribution of these seven species, in the total hectares each species can be found in, can indicate changes to ecosystems or the presence of pest species.

(This graph remains unchanged since it was included in 2014)

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