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Skull t.png The species North Island Piopio is extinct.
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Photo by Chlidonias
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
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New Zealand, North Island.


This is a monotypic species[1].
It was formerly considered conspecific with South Island Piopio.

Relationships of this species are not clear. Until recently, Piopio were considered part of an endemic family. Some authorites treat it now as part of the birds–of–paradise and bowerbird assemblage, perhaps most closely related to the catbirds of eastern Australia due to mitochondrial DNA testing. Others place it in the Whistlers or with the Australasian Robins. However, the latest DNA studies indicate that this species was part of the Orioles, either as a basal species or sister to the Figbirds[2]. Until further clarification we follow Clements and place the Piopios in Oriolidae.





Diet included insects, worms and berries.


It nested in thick foliage of trees, lining the nest with fern. Nests usually contained two eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of this species

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