Story: Birds of mountains and open country

Tussock grasslands (2nd of 3)

Tussock grasslands

These high-country tussock grasslands are near Ranfurly, Otago. Tussocklands form large expanses of open country, frequented by native pipits and introduced skylarks. Before these areas were cleared for grazing, shrubs growing among the tussock would have hosted a greater diversity of bird species.

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Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - Open country environments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 March 2023)

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