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Fantail (Piwakawaka) Rhipidura fuliginosa
Photo By Gill Russell, BOI,NZ

Fantail (Piwakawaka) Rhipidura fuliginosa

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The Fantails are common throughout New Zealand, there are two main forms the Pied (Photo above) and a black form (South Island).
They can be found almost anywhere where trees and shrubs provide suitable cover, feeding on insects caught in short forrays of 'bat-like' flight.

Nesting between August and January, Fantails produce a clutch of 3 to 4 eggs.
Their call is a repeated high pitched 'cheet'.

They are remarkably tame.

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