Prunella modularis
Bird Songs
Dunnock song


New Zealand status: Introduced

Conservation status: Introduced and Naturalised

Dunnocks are small brown songbirds and are a common sight in urban gardens and open country. The birds have brown plumage, streaked with darker brown on the back and flanks, and merging into the greyish eyebrow, chin, throat and breast. The blackish bill is fine and pointed, the iris of adults is red-brown, and the legs orange-brown.

Dunnocks can be mistaken for house sparrows. Sparrows are larger, have a robust, triangular-shaped blil and have more patterned upperparts, including a pale bar on the inner wing.

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Adult dunnock. Credit: Oscar Thomas.