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Written by Helen Bain of Forest & Bird (press release) / Scoop   
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
28 April 2006


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- Two older fairy tern chicks

New Zealand fairy terns may be the most critically endangered bird in New Zealand, and perhaps even the world’s rarest tern, new DNA evidence suggests.

Research by Auckland University that suggests New Zealand fairy terns have unique DNA characteristics heightens concerns that a proposed subdivision of up to 2000 houses near Mangawhai Heads poses a serious threat to the terns’ survival.

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