Toutouwai, or North Island robin

These birds often approach very close to walkers if they pause for a minute or two in a damp area. Characteristic features are their pale breast, upright stance. They are approximately the size of a thrush - considerably larger than the tomtit, which is often mistakenly identified as a robin.

Note the leg bands. These are read from top to bottom, left leg first. So the above bird is: 'green-metal-red'

Audio file: Photograph: Maurice Colgan

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