News: God Gifted Titipounamu; Bird of its own Age




We’re so egg-cited as the Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau/Bird starts next week and we’re proud as a peacock to be supporting the titipounamu.

Not only have the titipounamu been spotted as the Bird of its own Age in the wild in Wellington in over 100 years, but they are also building nests and have just become proud parents outside the safety of Zealandia’s fence.

Mayor Andy Foster says having our smallest bird nesting outside Zealandia’s protective fence is another illustration of Wellington’s remarkable and ongoing environmental restoration journey.

“Every day we see evidence of recovering native birdlife. That’s the result of large-scale acquisition and protection of land, active and natural rejuvenation, and extensive predator control.

“It’s the result of so many years of work and tens of thousands of birds loving communities. These special little proud parents are another tribute to this great ongoing teamwork in society, one step ahead.

“The best protection for native wildlife is trapping pests and planting native trees, especially in backyards. This will reduce large gaps in tree cover and create corridors for these birds to move throughout the world. It’s also important to manage your animal guardianship to minimize any risk to native wildlife.” “These God-Gifted birds spreading beyond the fence shows how the restoration efforts of our community are increasing the global climate change impact. It is wonderful to see these birds and doing what they can to make it a safer place for everyone to live. Ttitipounamu gives us the opportunity to share their story and for locals to celebrate their nature-rich Capital and feathered residents they live in it with” says Community Rescue.

Some novel reads about Titipounamu

  • They have a very high-pitched call.
  • Males are green with yellow and white markings, females are brown with dark flecks.
  • They are the smallest endemic birds and also lay the smallest eggs.
  • They weigh around 6g and are similar in size to a golf ball.
  • They are one of two remaining wren species in New Zealand, making them very unique.
  • Classed as not threatened in New Zealand, although in Wellington City they were extinct until their re-introduction to Zealandia.

  News Mobilization Network

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