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Fernbird ringtone


The Fernbird (Bowdleria punctata) is an insectivorous bird endemic to New Zealand. The Maori names are Kotata or Matata. It is a rich brown above and white below, with brown spots on both the throat and breast. Early settlers called it the “Swamp Sparrow” no doubt because of its colouration. The tail feathers are thin, dark brown, and spine-like. The birds reach a part of 18 cm (7 in) – as measured from tip of beak to end of tail. But,nearly half of that is tail. fernbird.mp3 (58 downloads)

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