; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of small birds which are green or olive-brown above and grey or white below, with white supercilia. They have straight, slender bills, short wings, and very short tails. Their legs and toes are long, and the third and fourth toes are joined basally. They inhabit forests and scrub, feed on insects and spiders, and nest in rock or tree cavities. There are two genera, with three species, found in New Zealand. A fourth species, Xenicus lyalli (Stephen Island wren) became extinct in 1894.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.