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  • noun An insectivorous bird native to New Zealand, with scientific name Bowdleria punctata.


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  • Extant endemics on Rakiura and its offshore islets include subspecies of southern robin (Petroica australis rakiura), weka (Gallirallus australis scotti), and fernbird (Bowdleria punctata stewartiana), as well as a leaf-veined slug, a Paryphanta spp., and the harlequin gecko (Hoplodactylus nebulosis).

    Rakiura Island temperate forests 2008

  • The World Heritage area contains the largest populations of the following other uncommon or declining bird species: the forest race of New Zealand falcon; fernbird Bowdleria punctata and Fiordland crested penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand 2008


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