New Zealand Fantail

New Zealand Fantail

The New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is a small bird.

During waking hours the bird is almost never still. It flits from perch to perch, sometimes on the ground but mostly on the twigs of a tree or any other convenient object. The bird's call is an almost metallic "cheek", either as a single sound or (more often) repeated as a chattering.

The New Zealand Fantail is a seasonal breeder, nesting from August to March in the North Island, September to January in the South Island and October to January on the Chatham Islands. They usually raise two or more broods per season. The birds form compact, cup-shaped nests, usually in the forks of trees, made from moss, bark and fibre, and often completed with spider's web. Both sexes build the nest. The clutch size is usually three to four cream eggs which are spotted grey and brown. The incubation period is around two weeks, and incubation and feeding duties are shared by both adults. Nest building and incubation of the second brood may occur while the fledged young of the first brood are still being fed. Young males may begin breeding two months after fledging.

Source: - 20.11.2008

New Zealand Fantail

The New Zealand Fantail is a very agile little bird, which can be observed in most areas of Australia and New Zealand.

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