South Island robin, Wangapeka
The New Zealand robin/toutouwai is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand.
They are friendly and trusting, often coming to within a couple of metres of people. The people themselves are not always the attraction but the invertebrates disturbed by the activities of people.
The robin’s strong descending call of five or more notes is repeated often and makes their presence obvious.
Robin/toutouwai are relatively long-lived, surviving up to 14 years where few or no predators exist.
Deforestation and habitat loss, as well as introduced predators such as rats, stoats, and feral cats are threats to the New Zealand robin.
Learn about DOC's work with robin/toutouwai, including pest control in areas where robins live.
Find out what you can do to help our native robin – from planting the right things in your garden, to joining a community group.
Listen to or download a recording of New Zealand robin/toutouwai song.
New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
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