Photo and text by Taffy Parry
Fantail in the kowhai tree
The cheeky fantail is probably amongst the most inquisitive and chirping little birds we have, as a short walk in the bush is bound to attract these little engaging birds attention. Whether this is just curiosity or whether they are attracted by the flies we disturb is open to conjecture but it's really worth observing them as their flying and acrobatic ability is second to none.
Other names: piwakawaka, tiwakawaka, grey fantail, pied fantail
More info NZ Birds.