North Island Saddleback (Philesturnus rufusater)

Philesturnus rufusater

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The saddleback or tieke (Philesturnus carunculatus) is a previously rare and endangered New Zealand bird of the family Callaeidae. It is glossy black with a chestnut saddle. Its taxonomic family is also known as that of the (New Zealand) "wattlebirds" and includes the two subspecies (one for each main island) of the kōkako as well as the extinct huia. All members of this family have coloured fleshy appendages on either side of the beak known as...

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