Ngutu pareWrybill

Conservation status
In serious trouble

Wrybill is the only bird worldwide with a laterally curved bill which it uses to probe for insect larvae under stones on the braided riverbeds in Canterbury and Otago where it breeds. The colouration of adults, eggs and chicks provide superb camouflage. The peculiar bill is also useful on North Island tidal flats where birds spend most of the year.

Wrybill on a beach

Credit - Ian Southey