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Tītipounamu / Rifleman in flight, 1951


Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris). Maori name, "Titipounamu".


Publicity Caption:

Rifleman in flight. This is the first photographic record of the win[g] action of this, New Zealand's smallest bird, its total length being only three inches. For its nesting site, a hole or crevice in a tree is usually chosen. It is a highly beneficial Native bird, found throughout New Zealand, its food consisting entirely of insect life. Refer Buller's "N.Z. Birds".



K.V. Bigwood


November 1951, Lake Ohau.


Archives New Zealand reference:

AAQT 6539 W3537 Box 47 / A25688


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Uploaded on January 9, 2019