Grey Warbler

Maori Name: 
Riroriro
Scientific Name: 
Gerygone igata
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10 cm, 6.5 g. Very small grey bird with a darker tail, conspicuously tipped white, and a habit of hovering to pick insects and spiders from plants. Adult is grey-brown above, pale grey on face, throat and breast; off-white belly and undertail, red eye. Sexes alike. Juvenile similar but yellowish on face and underparts, brown eye. Flits and hovers among outer foliage and twigs to catch invertebrates. Song a distinctive long musical wavering trill. Habitat: Scrub (especially manuka and kanuka), forest, parks and gardens. Builds a distinctive domed hanging nest, with small side entrance hole. Breeding: Aug-Jan.

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