Tīeke / Saddleback, Nth Is
Glossy black with a distinctive orange ‘saddle’ on its back and fleshy wattles at base of bill. Similar size to a blackbird.
Are poor flyers, mostly bound along branches and the ground like a squirrel.
Have loud, staccato-like calls from which they are named by Maori (tieke – pronounced te-eh-keh.
Were extinct from mainland since 1910. Were first released into Karori Sanctuary in 2002.
Often seen and heard throughout the Sanctuary – especially along Lake Road and Te Mahanga track.