Wild Bird Hospital

Care and rehabilitation for sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds.

Welcome to BirdCare Aotearoa

NZ's largest Wild Bird Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre

We are a charity based in Green Bay, Auckland. We are funded entirely by donations – Please help!

We care for approx. 6,000 rescued wild birds every year, including hundreds of orphaned baby birds. Our hospital primarily services the greater Auckland region, extending as far as Northland and the Waikato. We also provide phone support and advice to organisations and the public nationwide.

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A highly contagious and deadly strain of avian influenza, commonly known as “bird flu,” is feared to land in New Zealand for the first time. To cope with this potential outbreak BirdCare Aotearoa needs support.

“Bird flu,” is caused by the H5N1 virus, which has been wreaking havoc across Asia and Europe, and has recently been detected on Subantarctic islands and the Antarctic mainland. The virus has shown devastating effects on wild bird populations globally.

BirdCare is entirely funded by grants and donations, and are currently seeking funding for this looming threat and need to raise $300,000 to cover the cost of preparation works. Learn more >


Click to Donate to our Bird Flu Preparation Fund

Our dedicated team of wildlife rehabilitators, academic researchers and consulting vets ensures each bird receives expert care and rehabilitation. We rely on the support of a large team of dedicated volunteers to help run the centre, and engage with the community with education, advocacy and events.

Vet clinics, SPCA, DOC, Council, Watercare and other organisations rely on us to take in many of the wild birds they receive, on top of the high number we receive directly from the public. BirdCare Aotearoa assists all wild birds brought in and is fully DOC-permitted for endangered and at-risk species.

Our impact spans animal abuse investigations, environmental research, and education. Help us sustain these vital efforts. Your support will help us to save the lives of rescued wild birds, and contribute to conservation of NZ’s special birdlife.

Please make a generous donation to help our hospital to save our precious taonga birdlife. Please consider giving a regular monthly contribution to help sustain our life-saving mission.

Lend Your Building Skills to Help Auckland’s Wild Birds!

Join the BirdCare Maintenance Crew

When? Every Sunday Morning (or at a time that fits your schedule)

Our Need: Our aviaries are crucial to our mission but many are in urgent need of repair, and new ones need to be built. Your expertise in building and maintenance can make a real difference.

The Mission: As we care for an increasing number of birds, the demand on our facilities grows. Your role in maintaining and expanding our aviaries is essential to our success as a bird hospital.

Your Role: You’re not just volunteering; you become a vital part of BirdCare Aotearoa. Your work in repairing and constructing aviaries ensures our hospital remains a safe sanctuary for our feathered patients.

The Impact: Your contribution will directly affect the lives of thousands of wild birds, aiding in their recovery and return to the skies and oceans. You’ll be making a significant difference in both their lives and the health of our local ecosystem.

Be a Part of Something Great!

Join the BirdCare Volunteer Maintenance Crew – Let’s Build a Better Future Together!

Interested? Join a cause that matters and email us today.

Seeking Volunteers

BirdCare Aotearoa is currently in search of more volunteers, in particular for helping to care for maintenance, building, and raising bugs. We are also seeking volunteers for select days to help in our main hospital.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in joining our team as a volunteer, and are based in Auckland, over 18 years of age, and available for a minimum of one 5-hour shift per week, please click here to find the list of currently available volunteer roles or email volunteer@birdcareaotearoa.org.nz for more information.

Volunteering roles are hugely rewarding, and are essential to the operation of BirdCare Aotearoa. Full training is provided in relation to bird handling and care. We are extremely grateful for the support of all of our wonderful volunteers, we couldn’t do this without you.

Latest news

Campaign to raise $300,000 for a Bird Flu Preparation Fund!

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How you can help

Volunteer: From running errands to gardening, maintenance and caring for birds, there are many ways you can help.

Fundraise: Get creative and have some fun while raising money to support our life-saving work.

Involve your business: Get your team together for a volunteer day or hold a fundraiser.

Join our team: Make a difference by working alongside our small, friendly team of professionals.

Donate: Your donation will help us provide life-saving veterinary care for thousands of wild birds.

Ways to support us

As a charity, we rely entirely on the support of our wonderful donors and partners.

If you would like to support us financially, there are many ways you can contribute. You can make a one-off donation, become a monthly donor, treat your family or friends to a gift certificate, or donate items or services from our wish list.

You can also organise a fundraising event, set up a gift registry in BirdCare Aotearoa’s name, donate through payroll giving, or leave BirdCare Aotearoa a gift in your will.

Our partners

Help us to help the wild birds of Aotearoa!

Our work is only possible because of the generosity of our partners. We have many exciting opportunities for businesses to contribute to our work. If you would like to partner with us, please email general.manager@birdcareaotearoa.org.nz to request our partnership prospectus.