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Tomtit (Auckland Island) Petroica macrocephala marrineri

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Petroica
Species: P. macrocephala
Subspecies: P. macrocephala marrineri
Binomial name: Subspecies: Petroica macrocephala marrineri
Common name: Auckland Island tomtit

Auckland Island tomtit is a small, flycatching bird (>20 g.) in the robin family. It is one of five subspecies. It is named after New Zealand biologist George Marriner who took part in the 1907 Sub-Antarctic Islands Scientific Expedition.
It has a large head and a short black bill. It has a black head, black back and black wings with a white wing bar. The male is glossier with a trace of yellow on the breast. The bird’s feet are a pale orange colour.

Petroica macrocephala marrineri (Auckland Island tomtit) 
Photo courtesy of Tamzin Henderson @ https://www.tamzinnz.com/

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