May 9, 2015 – Rock Wren, South Island Wren, South Island Rock Wren, Piwauwau, or New Zealand Rockwren (Xenicus gilviventris)

Requested by: schmias

These small birds are found in mountain habitats on the South Island of New Zealand. They eat insects, spiders, and some fruits and seeds, foraging from the ground and usually hopping instead of flying. Building enclosed nests from grasses and feathers at ground level, males and females incubate the eggs and care for the chicks together. Rock Wrens are classified as Vulnerable, due mostly to nest predation by mice and stoats. They are one of only two species of New Zealand wrens that survive today, five others have gone extinct.

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