Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris) - HBW 9, p. 472
French: Xénique grimpeur
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird calling unseen from undergrowth. Locality Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Region, North Island, New Zealand
Nick Talbot 19 November 2012 25 weeks ago 5
Low and soft whistles by two birds, in the forest. Locality Lake Gunn, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand
Josep del Hoyo 3 February 2013 7 weeks ago 4