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Tawharanui reserve, New Zealand
Petroica longipes


18 cm (7 ins) 35 gm (1.13 ozs)

  • Sooty grey head, neck and upperparts streaked whitish
  • Faint pale grey wingbar
  • Sooty grey tail with brownish tinge
  • Slate-black chin and breast, streaked whitish
  • White lower belly and undertail-coverts

Females are paler than males.


An uncommon endemic found on North Island, New Zealand


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly considered conspecific with South Island Robin under the name New Zealand Robin.


Native and exotic forest


Long legs and an upright stance, inquisitive - almost appears tame

Perches on low branches and flies down to the forest floor - hops


Diet includes insects.


Breeding : July-Jan


Male has a loud clear song with regional differences - a string of phrases, including pwee-pwee-pwee, usually descending.
Call is a soft chirp.

In Culture

Maori name: Toutouwai


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2014. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 4th ed. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0956861122
  4. Miller, Hilary C. & Lambert, David M. (2006): A molecular phylogeny of New Zealand’s Petroica (Aves: Petroicidae) species based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40(3): 844-855. [1](HTML abstract)

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