February 1, 2017 – Rifleman, Tītipounamu, or Titipounamu (Acanthisitta chloris)

Requested by: @omilu-tribe

One of the smallest species of bird in New Zealand, these tiny New Zealand wrens are mainly found in high altitude mature forest on the North and South Islands. They eat a variety of small invertebrates, such as beetles, spiders, and moths, often foraging on tree trunks. Pairs build spherical nests in cavities, with males doing a larger share of the construction. Both parents incubate and care for the chicks, often assisted by related or unrelated helper birds. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is in decline due to habitat destruction and possibly predation by introduced species, including stoats.


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