French: Mégalure matata German: Farnsänger Spanish: Yerbera maorí
Quoy and Gaimard
South Island, New Zealand
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. vealeae
(Kemp, 1912) – North I, in New Zealand.
P. p. punctatus
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – South I, in New Zealand.
P. p. stewartianus
(Oliver, 1930) – Stewart I.
P. p. wilsoni
(Stead, 1936) – Codfish I (off NW Stewart I).
18 cm; 23–25·3 g (nominate), mean 18 g (vealeae), 26·8 g (wilsoni). A secretive, almost uniformly brown and boldly streaked, small... read more
Song an insignificant little warble, not often heard. Usually proclaims presence with sharp “... read more
Variety of shrubby and grassy habitats, with dense shrublands and rushlands, from sea-level up to... read more
Food and feeding
Food almost entirely small invertebrates, including crustaceans, spiders (Araneae), and wide variety of insects and their larvae, notably... read more
Nesting chiefly Aug–Mar over most of range, including Stewart I and Codfish I, mainland populations rearing two or three broods.... read more
Chiefly resident. Juveniles disperse far from hatching sites in search of own breeding territories... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nationally, the different populations are assessed as follows: race vealeae (At Risk/ Declining); nominate (At Risk/... read more
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