Tieke / North Island Saddleback (Philesturnus rufuaster - Callaeidae: New Zealand Wattlebirds) Tiri Tiri Martangi, Aukland, NZ
The Saddleback/ Tieke is one of three extant members of the Callaeidae or New Zealand wattlebirds. It is unable to cope with introduced predators and can now only be found on a few offshore islands and carefully managed mainland sanctuaries. Birds filmed here are of the north Island species filmed on Tiri Tiri Matangi near Auckland.
Birds filmed in a woodland setting at a mainland sanctuary are at: vimeo.com/121582772