Story: Small forest birds

Old Blue

Old Blue

In 1979 the black robin of the Chatham Islands was on the brink of extinction, with only five birds left. When the Wildlife Service intervened to rescue them in 1980, there was only one female who could lay fertile eggs. She became known as Old Blue. Today there are 200 or more living black robins – all of them her descendants.

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Christina Troup, 'Small forest birds - Robins and tomtits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 August 2021)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015