Story: Wading birds

Wrybills roosting (1st of 2)

Wrybills roosting

Wrybills have a bill that bends to the right. They breed on inland riverbeds of the central South Island, then flock at coastal and estuarine feeding sites in the North Island. About half the population spends winter here on the Firth of Thames, where these three birds are roosting while the tide is too high to feed.

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Photograph by Dick Veitch

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Wrybills and shore plovers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015