Order Passeriformes

Family Acanthisittidae

New Zealand Wrens
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  • Tiny to small birds with fine pointed bill, short rounded wings, very short tail, and rather drab plumage.
  • New Zealand.
  • Forest (especially of southern beech) and scrub, from sea-level to the tree-line; 1 species in alpine and subalpine areas, including screes and rockfalls.
  • 7-10 cm.
  • 2 genera, 2 species, 3 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    almost certainly extinct; 1 other species extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Gill, B. (2019). New Zealand Wrens (Acanthisittidae). 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/52301 on 14 December 2019).