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Rooks

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Rooks have a fierce beak and glossy feathers. The rook is the only member of the crow family in New Zealand, as the two endemic New Zealand ravens are now extinct. Sound file from the Department of Conservation

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Male house sparrow

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Despite its small size, the house sparrow is probably the worst bird pest from a farmer’s perspective. Its short bill is adapted for eating seeds, and in New Zealand it feeds on grain crops such as wheat, barley and maize. The male has a distinctive ...

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Rook call

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Rooks have a distinctive harsh call, which makes them very unpopular with the human inhabitants of Hawke’s Bay. They are also skilled at stripping horticultural crops of their edible parts, elevating them to true pest status. Sound ...

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Dunnock

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The dunnock is also called the hedge sparrow because its colour is similar to the female house sparrow. However, its fine bill shows that, unlike the sparrow, the dunnock mainly eats invertebrates and small insects – like beetles, flies and aphids – ...

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Cicada song

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Listen to the song of the cicada or kihikihi, which conjures up images of hot summer days. The cicada and cricket were described as the song birds of the ‘summer’ star Rehua (Antares), because their song heralded the arrival of warmer weather. Sound file from

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Chorus cicada

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The largest New Zealand cicada is the chorus cicada (Amphipsalta zelandica). The length of its body with the wings folded is about 40 millimetres. Chorus cicadas gather in large numbers around the time they emerge from their nymph skins, from January. Common in the North Island and some ...

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Tōtara tree

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The tōtara is associated with strength and grandeur. It is considered the greatest of all the trees in Tāne’s forest. Listen to Huirangi Waikerepuru from Taranaki and Te Āti Awa tribes explain the proverb, ‘Ka hinga te tōtara o te wao nui o Tāne’ (the mighty tōtara...

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