Today Is Your Lucky Day!!! - Grey Warbler - NZ

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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Please view this tiny little bird large…Found throughout New Zealand, the grey warbler is our lightest bird (equal with the rifleman) The native grey warbler or riroriro (Gerygone igata) and the endemic Chatham Island warbler (Gerygone albofrontata) are New Zealand’s only members of the Australasian family Pardalotidae. They sing a delicate and complex trill, which Māori took as a seasonal reminder to plant their crops.
Today Is Your Lucky Day!!! – Grey Warbler

The grey warbler weighs 6.5 grams; the Chatham Island species weighs 9 grams. Grey warblers have adapted well to human changes to the landscape, but Chatham Island warblers prefer undisturbed sites. The female of both species builds an enclosed pear-shaped nest with a side entrance hole, usually hanging from a branch. She lays four white eggs with reddish speckles, each nearly one-quarter of her body weight, in seven days. The male defends the territory while the female incubates the eggs alone. Then he helps feed the chicks while she prepares to lay a second clutch. A shining cuckoo may lay an egg into the warbler’s second clutch. The cuckoo chick hatches first and expels the warbler’s eggs or chicks. It is fed by the apparently unsuspecting warbler until it fledges. Both species eat mainly invertebrates and some small fruits. They glean food from leaves, and sometimes the grey warbler hovers beside branches to catch prey.To hear the sound of the Grey warbler click this link
These tiny little birds are inquisitive and curious, they will come pretty close, but they only sit still for a second, then they are off chasing insects….. this was my lucky day… Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand April 2012
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It’s Time … Plant Your Crops! -Grey Warbler

Today Is Your Lucky Day!!! – Grey Warbler

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