French: Xénique des rochers German: Felsenstummelschwanz Spanish: Acantisita roquero
Other common names:
South Island Wren
mountains of South Island, New Zealand
Mountain areas of South I, New Zealand.
c. 9·5 cm; male 16 g, female 20 g. Small passerine with rounded wings, very short tail, pale supercilium and fine bill; legs and toes long, feet almost half length of... read more
Small repertoire of simple calls, high-pitched and penetrating; main calls a 3-note “tzee-... read more
Low shrubs, open scree and rockfalls in alpine and subalpine habitats; often in areas with... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly insectivorous. Takes wide variety of small arthropods, e.g. coleopterans, orthopterans, dipterans, springtails (Collembola),... read more
Season Sept–Jan. Monogamous; long-term pair-bond. Nest built by both sexes, cigar-shaped or spherical, tiny entrance hole at end or... read more
Resident. Apparently sedentary; no evidence for suggested movement to lower elevations during... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in South Island of New Zealand EBA. Has rather fragmented distribution, from NW Nelson S to Fiordland, but uncommon, even in... read more
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