Friday, December 23, 2016

Bush Robin 4

New Zealand Bush Robin

Inconspicuous
In my grey disguise
Lurking in shadows


New Zealand robins and tomtits resemble British robins, but the two groups are not closely related. The New Zealand species belong to the Australian–New
Guinean family Petroicidae.

Robins and tomtits have large heads, short necks, round bodies and an upright stance. They have short bristles around the bill. Robins have long legs, and are
larger than tomtits. All are insectivorous. The oldest known bird lived 16 years, but their life expectancy is three years. ~ Bernard

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