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 (/..

North Island Robin

Scientific name:

 Petroica longpipes

Maori Name:

 Toutouwai

 

 

Conservation status:

Not threatened

Mainland status:

Widespread and locally common in central North Island

Size:

18cm, 35g

Lifespan:

Around 3 Years (however, oldest recorded 16 yrs) 

Breeding:

July - December  

Diet:

Mainly invertebrates, small fruits in season

First introduced to Tiri:

1992

Population on Tiri:

Varies according to season, usually 100+

Total population:

Locally abundant


North Island Robin - photographer: Peter CrawThe North Island Robin is considered a separate species from the South Island and Stewart Island Robins. It is characterised by dark slate grey upper parts with an irregular shaped patch of white on its chest, long thin legs and an upright stance. The female is generally browner and lighter coloured than the male.

Robins are found mainly in mature native forests, common in beech or podocarp forest, and in manuka or kanuka scrub. They are territorial all year round but especially so in the breeding season. They usually mate with the same partner year after year.

Robins are extremely bold and fearless and will approach humans with curiosity. They feed on insects, grubs and worms on the forest floor and are often seen to tremble one leg to cause a vibration in the ground to induce prey to move. They can be enticed to approach closer by clearing a patch of leaf litter to expose potential food. 

North Island Robin - photographer: Peter Craw

The adult male has a loud and clear song consisting of a variety of simple notes strung together and often sustained for 30 minutes with short pauses. They also have a short 'chirp' contact call.

New Zealand robins, like their close relatives the Australian robins, were so-named because of superficial similarities to the European robin. As well as their endearing tendency to approach anyone likely to disturb invertebrates in the soil, their shape and stance resemble those of the European robin. They are not closely related, however, the European robin belonging to the thrush family.

You can find out lots more about the North Island robin at New Zealand Birds Online.

 


Photography by:  Peter Craw
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R
eferences: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking.