Story: Native plants and animals – overview

Rock wrens

Watch rock wrens (Xenicus gilviventris) building a nest. The ancestors of wrens are ancient birds thought to have been in New Zealand since it broke away from Gondwana 85 million years ago.

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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Alpine, wetland and coastal animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007