ToutouwaiNew Zealand Robin

Conservation status
Doing OK

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

Sisters Melissa and Claudia have joined forces again to encourage New Zealanders to vote for their best friend in the bush - the toutouwai. Combining Melissa’s scientific acumen (PhD in conservation genetics) and Claudia’s creative skills (songwriting and graphic design) they’re advocating for the regeneration of more predator-free forest so that more toutouwai can make their friendly presence known. 

Photo: Harald Selke