North Island robin
The North Island robin, also known as toutouwai, is a friendly and trusting bird, often coming to within a couple of metres to people, and occasionally standing on a person’s boot.
It is found in both native and exotic forests. North Island robins measure 18 cm from beak tip to tail tip, and weigh about 35 grams, and so are slightly larger than a house sparrow. They have long, thin legs and an upright stance.
Learn about where the North Island robin is found, what it eats and when it breeds and nests.
Introduced predators, such as particular ships rats, possums, stoats and feral cats continue to impact robin populations.
DOC has established robin populations by translocation at a number of sites in the North Island.
Learn how you can help protect the North Island robin.
Learn about the 'Toutouwai - Robin's Return' project returning North Island robin/toutouwai to Moehau in the northern Coromandel Pennisula.
Listen to or download a recording of North Island robin/toutouwai song.
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