Stewart Island Robin
Petroica australis rakiura
Stewart Island Robins are readily seen on Ulva Island, indeed it’s difficult to avoid them, as they will approach us quite fearlessly as opportunistic feeders looking for the insects our feet disturb. It’s not just us they follow, as I have filmed kiwi feeding, complete with attendant robin watching for bugs the kiwi disturbed with its feet. Like most robins the males are vigorously territorial, and disputes are common, especially as their young male offspring grow and are then see as territorial rivals.
Size 180 mm
Male Stewart Island Robin
The entire population was banded from their initial liberation in the late ’90s until just a few years ago
Nestlings in the nest on top of a broken tree stump
Robins nest on or low to the ground, making them particularly vulnerable to rat predation
Both parents care for the brood. Male on the left, female on the right
Muted plumage, with less definition between back and breast colouration.
Obviously terrified of people