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South Island Saddleback


Philesturnus carunculatus

Saddlebacks are one of the success stories of species conservation. Rats invading their last stronghold on Big South Cape Island in the early ’60’s and only around 40 odd birds rescued. They now are doing very well on Ulva, and other secure islands and have been reintroduced to Big South Cape since it was cleared of rats a few years ago.  Generally pairing for life the territories are defined by singing, with fights rare… I have never seen this. A very active bird, but a lazy flier they travel rapidly through the forest in short flights, buy medications online, long hops and flaps. Adults will react to a taped call, with juveniles much more so coming to investigate.

Size 250 mm

South Island Saddleback

Introduced to Ulva Island post rat eradication. Now doing very well

South Island Saddleback

Juveniles get their adult plumage at around 14 months. 

South Island Saddleback

Gathering nest material

South Island Saddleback

Nestlings, 1 week old

South Island Saddleback

Feeding Juvenile

South Island Saddleback

Primarily insectivorous a hinge mechanism in the jaws give it considerable opening strength,
here used to pry bark off a rimu for insects otherwise hidden. 

South Island Saddleback

 they  take fruit when it’s available. 

South Island Saddleback

Nectar and honey dew are also part of the diet

Saddleback Song

Stewart Island Electricity is generated using diesel fuel

Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

 But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG.  See More .......

Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,

Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.

Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG



Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz