Fantails/Pīwakawaka feature on these Kiwiana inspired pictorial socks with imagery of iconic New Zealand native flora and fauna. Great gifts for family and friends here and overseas, because they are lightweight and low cost to post. Send us a message or choose a different delivery address to have these shipped almost anywhere in the world! Read on to see more on these beautiful birds below....
Proudly made in New Zealand at Norsewood.
Brand New Zealand Natural Clothing
Blend - 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Lycra
Size - One Size Fits Most Adults
The fantail or pīwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is 16 centimetres long, including its 8-centimetre tail. It weighs 8 grams. Most fantails are brown above and pale underneath. Their fan-like tail, usually held high above the body, is made up of long dark central feathers flanked by white feathers. About 20% of South Island fantails are completely black.
The fantail’s tail contributes to its distinctive flight – twisting and turning in the air as it catches insects in flight. Its call is like a kissing sound.
New Zealand’s fantails belong to three separate subspecies: one on each of the North, South and Chatham islands.
Fantails mainly eat insects. They build distinctive nests with hanging tails under protective foliage in tree forks, lay three or more speckled white eggs, and raise two to five broods in a season. The population fluctuates, but tends to recover quickly if it drops. The oldest bird known was three years. Fantails are common in forest, rural and urban environments.