Piwakawaka (Rhipidura fulginosa)
Small friendly bird, they are very mobile and have erratic flying patterns. Fantails often follow people and animals as they walk, finding disturbed insects. They also use their broad fan-like tails to change direction quickly while hunting.
Fantail is a pied colour, black on top with white eyebrows, buff underside and white amongst its fan-like tail.
In Cornwall Park they are common around Huia Lodge and the kauri tree groves. One of the most common and widely distributed native birds, they have adapted extremely well to a human modified environment.
Fantails are insectivorous, feeding on moths, flies and spiders.
Commonly you will hear a sharp 'cheet'. Males have a territorial 'tweet-a-tweet-a-tweet' call.