Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Piwakawaka, Fantail

"Apart from hiwaiwaka, tirairaka and tiwakawaka, there are sixteen other dialectal Maori names for the fantail, many of which denote the restlessness of this little bird." I am going to share with you on what I just shot. I mean in term of photographs, not a dead bird.

The English name "Fantail" derive from the bird's tail which resemble to a fan in those era. The Maori dialect names for the bird relate to the behaviour of the little bird that is constantly flying around from one resting branch to the next.

Fantail has a distinguish pair of white spot behind the eyes, tiny body with brown back, yellow underback, black and white fan like tail. Both the English and Maori names indeed resemble the little insect eating native bird.

More photos for bird lovers!!!
For more detail information about this tiny insect eating bird (Piwakawaka, Fantail), please refer to the following links below:

Olliver, N. (2005). Piwakawaka, the fantail. Retrieved March 22, 2010, from http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/fantail1.html

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