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Wrybill plover      Wrybill plover
(Anarhynchus frontalis) Ngutuparore
The endemic wrybill has the unique characteristic of a bill bent to the right (15-22 degrees). This bird is also an internal migrant, spreading it's time between it's breeding grounds on the braided rivers of the South Island and the large tidal harbours in the north. We see this bird at Miranda on the Firth of Thames and also sometimes on rivers in the South Island. They are at their most spectacular after the breeding season when they flock to northern harbours and can be seen wheeling in one large flock over the roosting sites.

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