Acanthisittidae – New Zealand Wrens

New Zealand Rockwren (Xenicus gilviventris) by Kent Nickell

New Zealand Rockwren (Xenicus gilviventris) by Kent Nickell

By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. (Psalms 104:12 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Acanthisittidae – New Zealand Wrens


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Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (4)

Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris)
Bushwren (Xenicus longipes)
New Zealand Rockwren (Xenicus gilviventris)
Lyall’s Wren (Traversia lyalli)

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Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Kent Nickell


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The New Zealand wrens, Acanthisittidae, are a family of tiny passerines endemic to New Zealand. They were represented by six known species in four or five genera, although only two species survive in two genera today. They are understood to form a distinct lineage within the passerines, but authorities differ on their assignment to the oscines or suboscines (the two suborders that between them make up the Passeriformes). More recent studies suggest that they form a third, most ancient, suborder Acanthisitti and have no living close relatives at all. They are called “wrens” due to similarities in appearance and behaviour to the true wrens (Troglodytidae), but are not members of that family. (Wikipedia with editing)

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