Story: Birds of mountains and open country

Rock wren on rock

Rock wren on rock

Rock wrens spend more time hopping about on rocks than flying, their long toes and claws helping them gain purchase on smooth surfaces. Their lack of tail is advantageous for moving about in confined spaces between rocks, where they nest and search for insects.

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Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - Rock wren', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 March 2023)

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