A colony of the world's rarest gull has established itself in Napier, and Hawke's Bay Regional Council is asking everyone to be respectful of the birds.

More than 200 black-billed gulls, which are endemic to New Zealand, have set up on Pandora Spit in the Ahuriri Estuary.

HBRC's Terrestrial Ecologist Keiko Hashiba says there has been a massive decline in black-billed gulls since the 1970s, and numbers are still going down.

They are classified as nationally critical, making them rarer than the kiwi, and on the same level as kākāpō.


"It's awesome to see the rarest gull in the world