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Thursday, November 23, 2017

MALE STITCHBIRD, TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

   We can ID this bird as a male Stitchbird by its black head, upper breast and back; white patch behind eyes and yellow border across the breast and folded wings.  This bird has been tagged with a red tag around one of its legs.
   The Stitchbird is endemic to North Island and adjacent offshore islands of New Zealand.   It is the only member of its own family,  the Notiomystidae.
   The Stitchbird is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 722.