NZ's smallest bird may be a missing link in the evolution of birdsong
July 6, 2024 7:03 PM   Subscribe

 
squee 🐥
posted by HearHere at 7:38 PM on July 6


If it's a wren, it's got a rattle. But does it flick its tail? If so, case closed. It's a wren.
posted by y2karl at 8:28 PM on July 6


If it's a wren, it's got a rattle. But does it flick its tail? If so, case closed. It's a wren

New Zealand wrens (Family: Acanthisittidae) are not true wrens (Family: Troglodytidae) - they were named wrens by Europeans who thought that they looked like European wrens.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 8:44 PM on July 6 [4 favorites]


It figures. Never mind. But you got admit Troglodytidae is a cool family name.
posted by y2karl at 8:45 PM on July 6 [1 favorite]


I like that first photo which looks like a researcher defending herself against a giant wren with a Dr. Who-style tool/pistol thing.

Also, interesting bird information.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:52 AM on July 7


You gotta doubt European settlers' naming skills/imagination when they called this tiny thing a rifleman. Unless they've taken wrens' notorious territorial aggression to the next level and actually tote impossibly small long guns.

Also, mittle birb, squee!
posted by scruss at 8:41 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


A cool bird that is now even cooler and more interesting!
posted by rednikki at 8:51 AM on July 7


If they're anything like Carolina Wrens in behavior, a military name could be apt. Those little birds are *fierce*.
posted by Belostomatidae at 12:55 PM on July 7 [1 favorite]


they called this tiny thing a rifleman

I understand the name arose due to the percieved similarity of its plumage to a military uniform.
posted by HiroProtagonist at 8:37 PM on July 7


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