Photo: Tom Lynch
The Karori Sanctuary Experience

Birds

Toutouwai / Robin, Nth Is.

Toutouwai / North Island robin

Photo By Steve Attwood

Looking for something to eat

Photo By Steve Attwood

Inquisitive and confiding; often come to the ground to hunt for invertebrates in leaf litter.

Smaller than a starling and larger than a sparrow they stand upright on long thin legs. Are dark grey with often a white spot above the bill.

Territorial all year especially over breeding season when the male patrols his patch and sings from prominent perches.

Were extinct in Wellington until they were first released into Zealandia in 2001; 76 birds released in total.

Commonly seen throughout Zealandia – they may often follow you eating what your footsteps have disturbed.