North Island Robin
Photographed on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
The North Island Robin has dark slate grey upper parts with an irregular shaped patch of white on its chest, long thin legs and an upright stance. The female is generally browner and lighter coloured than the male.
Robins are found mainly in mature native forests. They are territorial all year but especially so in the breeding season. They usually mate with the same partner year after year.
Robins are extremely bold and fearless and will approach humans with curiosity. They feed on insects, grubs and worms on the forest floor and are often seen to tremble one leg to cause a vibration in the ground to induce prey to move.