The rock wren lives in open country above the treeline. Along with the rifleman, it is in a separate suborder from all other passerines (perching birds). Five other native wren species have become extinct since people (and rats) settled in New Zealand. One of these, the bush wren, survived until the 1970s.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Dick Veitch
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