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Endengered species of New Zealand

South Island robin - kakaruai - Petroica australis

Diet Insects and bugs

Breeding October and November. They build a large nest of moss firmly woven and then lined with what appears to be the fine hair of tree ferns (very itchy if it gets down your shirt!).

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General New Zealand robins are cheerful and busy little birds that will flit nearby like you would expect of a fantail, possibly to catch insects disturbed as you move about. The robin will even occasionally land on your shoulder. It's usually the last to be quite at night and performs a different tune for dawn than for dusk. There are several sub species of robin. I suspect the two top images are female while the bottom photograph is of a male robin.

Photos © Steve Reekie

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