But in New Zealand’s capital, people are experiencing a crescendo in birdsong, thanks to decades of conservation efforts.

A 2023 Wellington regional council report shows that since 2011, the average number of native bird species in the city's parks and reserves has risen by 41 percent. Between 2011 and 2022, kākā increased by 260 percent, kererū by 200 percent, by tūī 85 percent, and piwakawaka by 49 percent.

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Some species, such as the kororā, are still at risk, but many native birds have bounced back in their thousands, transforming the city’s morning chorus.