13 October, 2009

New Zealand Robin

Scientific Name: Petroica australis

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Endemic to New Zealand, found in forests of both islands, generally near streams.

Field Notes: Small, inquisitive bird with long legs and upright stance. Dark grey overall with white spot above bill and variable amount of white on the belly. Tomtit has a white wingbar and more white on the chest and belly with a sharp demarcation.

Personal Notes: One of our favorite New Zealand birds. We cannot stop taking pictures of them! Maori name is Toutouwai.

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