New Zealand robinToutouwai

Conservation status
In some trouble

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”.

Campaign Manager

Melissa and Claudia Gunn

Melissa and Claudia Gunn

Melissa and Claudia Gunn are sisters who operate as a dynamic duo, uniting their powers of science and reason, plus music & graphics in support of connecting families with important issues in conservation. 2022 sees the production of two co-productions, Sing for the Sea and Sing for the Earth. They're excited about lending their voices to Forest & Bird's Bird of the Year campaign again, speaking up for nature. 

New Zealand robin

Photo: Harald Selke