Compound 1080 (aka sodium monofluoroacetate or sodium monofluoroacetate), is a fluorinated carboxylic acid ester with high to very high toxicity to BIRDS and mammals.
Ref: Australia. National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals. ======================================================

Weka are flightless birds in the rail family that play an important role in the forests as seed dispersers. They are very cheeky, often scrounging food from campers. They are opportunists, consuming everything from carrion and insects to leaves and berries. They are at extreme risk from 1080 poisons as they may eat toxic carrion, toxic cereal bait, toxic insects and toxic plant material (1080 also uptakes into plants). Weka are also at risk from Brodifacoum poison, the other extremely inhumane toxin often used on farm borders in conjunction with 1080. (Brodifacoum page coming soon).

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“I have seen what 1080 does to our native wildlife. When you walk down a native bush milling road and count 5 dead Weka in a 70 to 80 metre stretch of that road you know you are looking at something evil. Having not been in that area hunting for awhile I made inquiries and found out it had just been 1080ed.”  Ron Eddy, New Zealand


Kea are the only alpine parrot in the world, with a population of only one to two thousand remaining.

keaAt Fox Glacier in 2008, 41% of monitored kea were killed by 1080. A Department of Conservation ‘internal report’, obtained by The Dominion Post revealed “aerial 1080 may well be a significant threat to the kea population” with some drops “probably devastating”.

Devastating was definitely the case at Okarito on New Zealand’s West Coast in 2011, when 78% of radio-collared kea were killed by 1080.

How many ways are there to kill a kea? For starters: toxic insects, toxic baits, toxic carrion. Even if kea survive a sublethal dose they may lose condition and be subject to hypothermia. Kea also may lose fertility due to the ingesting this reproductive toxin.

See Kea Rescue on our supporters page for more information on “the world’s smartest bird.”


Fantails are bold little birds that frequent gardens and forests. They flit around humans, agilely eating insects disturbed by anyone walking or digging.

As little as one half to one per cent of a fantail’s diet in the form of 1080-tainted insects is enough to kill these delightful forest friends. The photo is of a juvenile.




  1. David Slater says:

    I own a large property that is private and is thriving with birdlife mainly due to my trapping of rats, stoats and possums in the traditional way.
    As a qualified scientist (B.Sc 1st class in Applied Chemistry) and a highly experienced consultant I see the use of 1080 as ‘chemical warfare’ by any other guise. DoC spend a fortune on feel good site tests always with positive outcomes (for their cause) in their continued attempts to con the public and to debumk the bad side of 1080 but can never convince those who are well informed. Keep up the good work and BAN 1080 aerial drops – the legacy this will leave on future generations is untold and at some point the use of the poison will come back to haunt the perpetrators

  2. Robbie donnelly says:

    Well the drop has gone on ,at one stage they had 7 helicopters applying 1080.It seems like DOC are not going to take any notice of what we think.In one foul swoop DOC has taken away our herritage to head into the mountains for a shotas 80 to 90% of the deer in the area will be decimated. the next thing that needs to happen is anybody going into the bush, must ensure that they have a camera so as to record any deaths that they come across.without proof our case against the use of 1080 will be foundless.
    All the best
    and Good Luck
    Robbie Donnelly

  3. Maria Amon says:

    Having grown up in the NZ forest service – I spent my life in the bush….BEFORE DOC came in and ruined everything. Many times I’ve been back to forests I had visited for a few years, only to find doc had done 1080 drops – and every time, the bird life was all but gone. Recently I returned to Erua block in Horopito, which sadly doc has been lacing. We spent 4 hours in there, the only bird seen was a solitary tomtit….two birds heard in the distance were magpies. There is no way the bush can recover…there’s nothing left. Albiet plenty of rabbits and rat sign around…but no birds. The only people who think 1080 is good for our forests are ‘virtual’ bushman. The rest of it see it for what it is…RIP NZ native wildlife :(

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