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New Zealand Wrens: Acanthisittidae

Physical Characteristics

New Zealand wrens are very small, compact birds. They have straight or slightly upturned, slender, and pointed bills, which are about the same length as the head. Their wings are short and rounded. These birds have large, stout legs with strong, gripping feet and long, slender toes. The third and fourth toes are joined at their base. These birds have almost no tail. Their soft plumage, feathers, consists of greens, browns, and white. Adults are 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) long, with females substantially larger than males, although males are more brightly colored than females.

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