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North Island Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa placabilis)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Rhipiduridae
Genus: Rhipidura
Species: fuliginosa placabilis

Members' Notes:


On Oct 18, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The North Island Fantail is indigenous to New Zealand. It begins breeding in its first year around September. Both sexes build a compact, circular nest of grass, moss and twigs bound together with cobwebs, and lined with hair and tree-fern fibre. There's usually an untidy tail hanging below.
Both sexes incubate the three or four white eggs that are covered in small light brown blotches, and they both feed the young. They eat only insects, which they catch by using aerial acrobatic movements. In summer they sometimes fly inside to catch insects.They live in the bush, around water and in gardens where there is usually an abundance of insects. Their 'tweetatweetatweet' is lovely to hear.