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Photos of Fernbird (Matata)

Although the Fernbird (Bowdleria punctata) is not one of New Zealand's rarest birds (its status is locally common) it is a species that few
New Zealanders get to see. It is highly secretive by nature, remaining hidden in its preferred habitat of low dense ground vegetation interspersed with emergent shrubs in drier swamps, pakahi, rush and tussock covered saltmarsh, low manuka scrub and some young pine plantations. Despite its preference for remaining under cover it also has a natural inquisitiveness and it is this, coupled with its short sharp "tchip' call, that allows them to be found and then seen. They are weak flyers , but will pop up out vegetation to check you out before quickly disappearing again.


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Fernbird (Matata), Bowdleria punctata, Tokaanu, Tongariro National Park

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Fernbird (Matata), Bowdleria punctata, Tokaanu, Tongariro National Park

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Fernbird (Matata), Bowdleria punctata, Tokaanu, Tongariro National Park

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Fernbird (Matata), Bowdleria punctata, Tokaanu, Tongariro National Park

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Fernbird (Matata), Bowdleria punctata, Tokaanu, Tongariro National Park

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Fernbird (Matata), Bowdleria punctata, Tokaanu, Tongariro National Park