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Morepork

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Listen to the call of a morepork (ruru). Moreporks roost during the day and hunt at night. Their large eyes do not move in the sockets. Instead, the morepork swivels its head rapidly, up to 270 degrees. They have good night vision, and hunt insects and small animals. Sound file from ...

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Juvenile North Island saddlebacks

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The plumage of young North Island saddlebacks (tīeke) is similar to that of adults, but lacks the paler line along the top edge of the saddle. As they grow, the red wattles at the base of the bill become larger. South Island saddleback juveniles are chocolate brown over most of their body. When ...

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Whitehead

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Whiteheads (pōpokotea) move through the forest in flocks, searching under the canopy for insects. They stay in contact with a continuous tuneful chatter. Whiteheads are found in the North Island and nearby islands. Sound file from Radio New ...

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Redpoll

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Redpolls have a distinctive red forehead, and in autumn and winter the males develop a pinkish-red breast. At that time of year redpolls often form flocks of up to several thousand birds.

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