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Unknown New Zealand bird

Postby Jeff Curnick » Mon May 23, 2011 8:23 am

Hi all,

My sister has just sent me this pic from NZ, any ideas as to what it is :?: :?: :?:


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Looking forward to your knowledgable answers.... :D

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Re: Unknown New Zealand bird

Postby gordon » Mon May 23, 2011 8:56 am

Hi Jeff,

Looks like a New Zealand Robin (Petroica australis) to me...

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Re: Unknown New Zealand bird

Postby Jeff Curnick » Mon May 23, 2011 9:13 am

Thanks Gordon, that looks spot on.
Just read up quickly on them, seems NZ Robin is actually three species: North Island Robin, South Island Robin and Stewart Island Robin, all very similar looking but with geographical differences.
This bird was photographed on the South Island (not sure exactly where) so could be either South Island or Stewart Island Robin. Will have to do a bit more reading to find out exactly which one it is.

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Re: Unknown New Zealand bird

Postby Doug » Tue May 24, 2011 12:02 am

Hi Peter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Robin

Wikipedia suggests that the South Island and Stewart Island Robin are considered sub species and that it is only North Island Robin that is a species all on its own.

What they do also say is that South Island Robin and Stewart Island Robin are considered subspecies because they are able to interbreed although..... and here is the crux I think for ID.

Their geographical ranges do not overlap which prevents them from interbreeding.

If the above is the case then you should be able to use distribution to solve the differentiation between South Island and Stewart Island Robin.

This may help.
However, the Stewart Island robin has been relegated to 3 subpopulations all in the Leptospermum swamp scrubland
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