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South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus) Ulva Island, New Zealand. Jan 11, 2017. Geotagged,New Zealand,Philesturnus carunculatus,South Island saddleback,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus)

Ulva Island, New Zealand. Jan 11, 2017.

    comments (4)

  1. A fitting name! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Haha yeah pretty much :-) Posted 5 years ago
  2. Very cool bird - nice shot! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks!
      Posted 5 years ago

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The South Island saddleback is a forest bird which is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand. Both the North Island saddleback and this species were formerly considered conspecific.

Today, thanks to careful management by DOC, the South Island saddleback population is about 700, spread over eleven small islands, from the original 36 birds transferred from Big South Cape Island.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Mar 14, 2017. Captured Jan 11, 2017 14:21 in 140 Ringaringa Rd, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand.
  • PENTAX K-3
  • f/4.5
  • 1/50s
  • ISO1600
  • 300mm