New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Grey Warbler

Scientific name:

 Gerygone igata

Maori Name:

 riroriro

 

 

Conservation status

 Endemic. Not threatened

Mainland status:

 Widespread and common

Size:

 10cm, 6.5g

Lifespan:

 5+ years

Breeding:

 August – January

Diet:

 Mainly invertebrates

Grey warbler - photographer: Simon FordhamThis tiny bird is grey-brown above and pale grey on the face, throat and breast and has an off-white belly and undertail. The darker tail is tipped white and the eye is red. The song is a distinctive long musical wavering trill.

The diet is mainly invertebrates. Spiders, caterpillars, flies, beetles and bugs are often taken by the bird hovering to pick them from plants. A few small fruits are also eaten.

Breeding takes place between August and January and pairs stay together year after year. The female takes up to 27 days to build the distinctive domed hanging nest with a small side entrance hole. It is made of rootlets, moss, lichen, leaves, bark, tree-fern scales and fibres, twigs, cobwebs, spider egg-cases, wool, hair and feathers, and is lined with a thick layer of feathers, downy seeds and tree-fern scales. The clutch of 2–5 white eggs with reddish-brown speckling is incubated by the female for 17–21 days. Both parents feed the chicks for the 15–19 day fledging period and for up to 35 days after the chicks leave the nest. The male does most of the later care of the first brood as the female prepares to lay a second clutch.

Grey warbler - photographer: Max McRae
The grey warbler is the usual host to the shining cuckoo and they have been seen feeding shining cuckoo chicks on Tiri. 

This bird is one of the few native passerines to have adapted to human modification of the landscape and is common in many forest, scrub, rural and city habitats.

Find out more about the grey warbler at New Zealand Birds Online.





Photography by: Simon Fordham
© (left) and Max McRae © (right)

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking. Moon, G The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Birds.