Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bush Robin 5

Bush Robin. New Zealand.

I sing to the heavens
For one and all to hear
It’s a good day to sing

The New Zealand robin or toutouwai (Māori), (Petroica australis), is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand, where it has the status of a protected endemic species. The birds are sparsely distributed through the South Island and Stewart Island/Rakiura, although the distribution is not continuous. The South Island robin (Petroica australis australis), and the Stewart Island robin (Petroica australis rakiura) are today accepted as subspecies. The species is closely related to the North Island robin (formerly Petroica australis longipes, now considered a distinct species and also to the extremely rare black robin (Petroica traversi) of the Chatham Islands. ~ Bernard

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