Conservation status
Doing OK

The rifleman is New Zealand's smallest bird and never sits still. They are so full of energy that they may have up to two broods per season and even begin building a second nest while still feeding chicks in the first. Some pairs bring in extra helpers to support their extra nests.

Campaign Manager

Melissa Boardman

Team titipounamu is back to tell you why our tiniest bird is worthy of winning the big title. Follow the campaign to learn all about this tiny and ancient bird species and why they are simply the best (better than all the rest). Go team titipounamu!!! Melissa Boardman is the bird nerd behind team titipounamu.

Melissa is a huge advocate for our tiniest native bird and she volunteers at Zealandia Ecosanctuary where she helps to monitor the local titipounamu population. She is a bird illustrator & photographer & enjoys sharing her birds on social media, her life really revolves around birds! #teamtitipounamu 

Melissa Boradman standing in some native bush

Photo: Craig McKenzie