The New Zealand robin has a grey-white patch of feathers above its beak that it keeps hidden most of the time. Toutouwai is friendly and trusting, and will often come to within a couple of metres of humans to say “kia ora”.
Melissa and Claudia Gunn
Sisters Melissa and Claudia have joined forces once again to encourage New Zealanders to vote for the smartest bird (by weight) in NZ's bush - the toutouwai. Combining Melissa's scientific acumen (PhD in conservation genetics, fiction writer) and Claudia's creative skills (songwriting and graphic design) they're advocating for the regeneration of more predator-free forest so that more toutouwai (or kakaruwai - SI robins are NZ robins too) can make their friendly presence known.