Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

The Fantail

New Zealand Fantail

New Zealand Fantail

The New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa — piwakawaka in Maori) is an insectivore, very common in the bush around here. They are livewires, never staying in one place, always flitting about, hunting for insects. We often see them accompanying flocks of wax eyes.

As the name suggests, they can fan out their tail feathers in their aerobatics — but that is not shown in this picture.


  1. jb

    You certainly are blessed to be live in an outdoor aviary.
    Tail feathers on display (at a distance..) here

  2. joan

    I am in awe. I got a shot of fantail with it’s tail up the other day but it was not at all clear. Birds are a bit of a mission with me at the moment.

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