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Pipipi (Mohoua novaeseelandiae)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mohouidae
Genus: Mohoua
Species: M. novaeseelandiae
Binomial name: Mohoua novaeseelandiae
Synonym: Finschia novaeseelandiae
Common name: Brown creeper, pipipi, New Zealand creeper

Mohoua novaeseelandiae is a small passerine bird endemic to the forested areas of South Island, Stewart and Codfish Islands. They are small birds, males 13 cm., 13.5 g., females 11 g. The crown, rump and tail is a reddish brown crown. The face and neck are an ash grey and there is a small white stripe behind the eye. The bird’s underparts are a light buff colour and there is a dark bar on the tail.
They are specialist insectivores, gleaning insects from branches and leaves. They have strong legs and toes for hanging upside down while feeding.


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