Did you know that a fantail weighs just 8 grams, or less than half a chocolate fish?! What the fantail lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in character. So it is not surprising that this bird, which is the NZ Garden Bird Survey mascot, is also your second favourite garden bird.
Scientific name: Rhipidura fuliginosa
Other names: New Zealand fantail, grey fantail, pied fantail, black fantail, pīwaiwaka, pīwakawaka, tīrairaka, tīwakawaka, tītakataka, hīwaiwaka
New Zealand Status: Native (Endemic)
Conservation Status: Not threatened
Where they feed: Shrubs, trees and in the air.
What they eat: Invertebrates, fruit