Fantail

Fantail
Audio: Radio New Zealand. Images: Flickr.
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Scientific Name:Rhipidura fuliginosa
Māori Name:Pīwakawaka
Conservation status:Least Concern
Found at The BrookYes

Known for its friendly 'cheet cheet' call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland.

It is easily recognized by its long tail which opens to a fan. It has a small head and bill and has two colour forms, pied and melanistic or black. The pied birds are grey-brown with white and black bands.

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