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

Welcome to BirdCare Aotearoa

BirdCare Aotearoa is a registered charity dedicated to providing care and rehabilitation for sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds.

Based in Green Bay, Auckland, we are the largest avian hospital and rehabilitation centre in Aotearoa New Zealand by the sheer number of birds cared for, admitting over 6,500 birds every year.

Most birds are brought to us by members of the public, as well as by the SPCA, Department of Conservation, Auckland Council, Fish & Game New Zealand, veterinary clinics, and other wildlife rehabilitators.

Alongside our rehabilitation and release services, we engage in research and advocacy, and provide education and training for other wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians and allied professionals, wildlife rangers, students, and members of the public who want to learn how to make a positive difference in the lives of wild birds.

Established in 2009 as the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust (NZBRCT), we have evolved from a “cottage rescue centre” to a professional wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre. In 2021, we rebranded to BirdCare Aotearoa.

With your generous support, we give wild birds a second chance at life.

Generosity Generator: thank you for helping us raise over $20,000!

Our Generosity Generator crowdfunder has now closed. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we raised over $20,000! This is a huge boost ahead of what we expect to be our busiest ever baby bird season.

Heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who donated, shared our campaign with others, or helped in any other way. We’re absolutely blown away by your generosity.

If you didn’t manage to donate to our crowdfunder, you’re most welcome to make a donation directly through our website.

Past Event: Bird of the Year 2022: Vote for Cookie!

Voting open: 17th October – 30th October 2022
Location: Online

BirdCare Aotearoa is proud to have campaigned for the beloved Cook’s petrel (tītī) for Bird of the Year 2022 – Look out for our campaign again next year!

The 2022 winner has been announced – Congratulations to the gorgeous little Southern Alps dweller the pīwauwau rock wren! 💚

You can learn about awesome Cook’s petrels on Cookie’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Latest news

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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