13 October, 2009

New Zealand Fantail

Scientific Name: Rhipidura fuliginosa

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Native to New Zealand and found in forest, scrub and artificial habitats of both islands.

Field Notes: Small, friendly, brown bird with long tail, often fanned. There is a pied phase, as above, and a black phase, with all black coloring.

Personal Notes: A bird that will follow trampers down a trail. Some sources consider this to be the same species as Grey Fantail in Australia. Maori name Piwakawaka.

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