Kārearea can often be found in dense forest, but another place they like to live in and nest is our planted pine forests.
They like to nest close to the ground – and they've discovered that 'cut-over' – the remains of the pine trees left behind once the logs have been taken away – make the perfect safe place to build their nests.
You can read here about how conservationists and forestry companies in Otago are working together to look after the falcons who have take up residence in the pine forests. See if you can find out why conservationist Graham Parker needs to wear a hat when he's visiting the falcons.
Watch this video of kārearea nesting. This pair are living in a pine forest quite close to the access road.
You can find out more about the kārearea on New Zealand Birds online.