Look What I Got... Tom Tit - Stewart Island

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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Steward Island rewarded us with her many types of feathers. The little Tom Tit was always present while walking the tracks.. They are curios, but do not stay too long, to take photos one has to be ready. They are very small, and have a beautiful song… This little one came back to show me his catch… I tried to get a small video clip, but they were too quick…Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 November 2012 Stewart Island

Look What I Got… Tom Tit – Stewart Island

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The New Zealand tomtit or kōmiromiro (Petroica macrocephala) has five subspecies – one on each of the North, South, Chatham, Snares and Auckland islands. They have a dark head, throat and back – black in males, brown in females – with white underparts. Males have a sharp dividing line across the breast, tinged with yellow in the South Island subspecies. Adults have a small white dot above the bill. The Snares Island subspecies is completely black, and may be re-classified as a separate species (Petroica dannefaerdi). The female builds a bulky nest in a tree fork, and is fed by the male while she incubates the eggs – then both feed the chicks. They raise up to three broods a year. Their diet is a wide range of invertebrates, which they catch by scanning a wide area and pouncing on prey. Their call, which has been compared to a squeaky wheelbarrow, sounds like ‘tea-oily-oily-oh’. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/small-forest-birds/5

Tom Tit Stewart Island

Look What I Got… Tom Tit – Stewart Island

FEATURED NOV. 2012


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