Saturday, November 19, 2016

The other very interesting endemic we first saw in Tawhanarui was North Island Saddleback. It went almost extinct by the begining of the 20th century, remaining only on one island. Since then it was relocated to several pest-free reserves, and the numbers are growing. The South Island subspecies is treated as a separate species now, we saw it on our first day on the South Island, on Blumine Island.

North Island Saddleback, adult plumage.











Adult and juvenile NI Saddleback.










South Island Saddleback, adult plumage. Almost identical with the NI one.















Juvenile SI Saddleback, a completely different looking bird.

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