This flycatcher topped Bird of the Year in 2006. Their charm won us over by being indifferent towards humans as we walk past or watch quietly, particularly when it comes to building their beautiful and detailed nest – scrutinising cobwebs, mossy greens, and skeletons of leaves before constructing their snug, fern-lined home.
Alex Toumar & Adrienne Buckingham
Kia ora! I'm Alex and I'm a kiwi scientist working in France on new materials for sustainable buildings. I'm passionate about sustainability and conservation, and feel privileged to be campaigning this year for my favourite ever New Zealander, the pīwakawaka - a sweet and curious friend to all who visit our native bush.
Adrienne Buckingham is a long time fantail lover, first time campaigner. Like the gregarious pīwakawaka, Adrienne is an immigrant who found Aotearoa, built a nest and decided to add to the population. By day, Adrienne works as a wellbeing educator for the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience and is a founding member of the Ink Pot Collective based in Ōtepoti.