New Zealand Wrens (Acanthisittidae)

Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris) - HBW 9, p. 472

French: Xénique grimpeur German: Grünschlupfer Spanish: Acantisita Verdoso
Other common names: Alpine Rifleman, Rifleman Wren; North Island Rifleman (granti); South Island Rifleman (chloris)

Taxonomy: Sitta chloris Sparrman, 1787, “Cape of Good Hope”; error = Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island, New Zealand.
Morphological differences between races minor and poorly understood; further study needed. Supposedly larger, more yellowish birds in SW of range (Fiordland) described as race citrina, but considered indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • granti Mathews & Iredale, 1913 - North I and outliers, New Zealand.
  • chloris (Sparrman, 1787) - South I, Stewart I and outliers.