Fantail (pīwakawaka)

Known for its friendly ‘cheet cheet’ call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland.

It is easily recognized by its long tail which opens to a fan. It has a small head and bill and has two colour forms, pied and black.

The pied birds are grey-brown with white and black bands. Fantails feed on insects which they catch while flying, and they love it when you disturb insects in the bush. Fantails are doing well because they are strong breeders and can live on a wide variety of insects.

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Who is causing trouble for us fantails? Cats, Rats and Stoats

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