Order Passeriformes

Family Callaeidae

New Zealand Wattlebirds
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  • Medium-sized to large passerines with short rounded wings, relatively long tail, sturdy legs with unusually long tarsus, distinctive orange or blue fleshy wattle below gape, and robust bill; plumage blue, or black and reddish-brown.
  • New Zealand.
  • Forest, now mostly regenerating forests on offshore islands.
  • 25-38 cm.
  • 3 genera, 5 species, 5 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    2 species extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Scofield, P. & Bonan, A. (2019). New Zealand Wattlebirds (Callaeidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52361 on 8 December 2019).