These species are seen from Northland to Stewart Island, and both subspecies are curious towards humans. So much so that the Māori called tomtits “torotoro”, as they appear from nowhere in the forest like spies. Similar to fantails, tomtits are attracted to humans as they mix up soil and disturb insects for them to feed on.
Kia Ora! I'm Allie, from NZ but currently based in Scotland working for Forest & Birds UK equivalent, the RSPB. I work in media to try to save nature here, but my favourite nature is back home in Aotearoa. I am delighted to be campaigning for the precious tomtit!