• Fantail piwakawaka Southy Isal; and

    Image ID
    FOT558189
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    44.7 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    16200 x 10800 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    1372 x 914 mm
    54.0 x 36.0 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    The fantail or pīwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is 16 centimetres long, including its 8-centimetre tail. It weighs 8 grams. Most fantails are brown above and pale underneath. Their fan-like tail, usually held high above the body, is made up of long dark central feathers flanked by white feathers. About 20% of South Island fantails are completely black.The fantail's tail contributes to its distinctive flight – twisting and turning in the air as it catches insects in flight. Its call is like a kissing sound.New Zealand's fantails belong to three separate subspecies not found in Australia: one on each of the North, South and Chatham islands. Fantails mainly eat insects. They build distinctive nests with hanging tails under protective foliage in tree forks, lay three or more speckled white eggs, and raise two to five broods in a season. The population fluctuates, but tends to recover quickly if it drops. The oldest bird known was three years. Fantails are common in forest, rural and urban environments.
    Uploader
    Rob Weaver
    Contributor
    Rob Weaver
    Date Taken
    2009-06-17
    Uploaded on
    2009-06-17
    Collection
    1**A New Zealand wild life
    Category
    Animals
    Sub Category
    Birds
    Dominant colour
    #101010