Rare black Fantail at Waikawa Beach

Chris Marsh kindly sent us a couple of photos of a rare black Fantail or Piwakawaka. Chris said:

The image is poor due to being taken in twilight and the bird constantly moving but we have a black fantail flitting about at our property in Emma Drive. I think these birds are quite scarce/rare.

When we check New Zealand Birds Online we learn that it is indeed rare:

There are two colour forms or ‘morphs’ of fantail, with the more common pied morph occurring throughout its range, and the black morph comprising up to 5% of the South Island population, and occasionally occurring in the North Island.

Black Fantail.
Black Fantail.
Black Fantail.
Black Fantail.

Many thanks Chris.

One thought on “Rare black Fantail at Waikawa Beach”

  1. we’re lucky that they visit us often in Uxbridge Terrace…a beautiful bird

    Usual residence: Waikawa

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