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Tomtit (South Island) Petroica macrocephala macrocephala

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Superorder: Neognathae
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Oscines
Infraorder: Passerida
Superfamily: Petroicoidea
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Petroica
Species: P. macrocephala
Subspecies name: Petroica macrocephala macrocephala
Common name: South Island Tomtit, miromiro,

Petroica macrocephala macrocephala is subspecies of tomtit found in the South Island, Stewart Island and nearby islands including D’Urville, Pickersgill, Resolution, Codfish and South Cape. They are similar to the North Island species with the males being mainly black-and-white, and females mainly brown-and-white. They do get confused with robins which are larger, longer legged and lack the white wingbars.

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