New Zealand Wrens (Acanthisittidae)

Bush Wren (Xenicus longipes) - HBW 9, p. 473

French: Xénique des buissons German: Waldschlüpfer Spanish: Acantisita de Matorral
Other common names: Green Wren; North Island Bush Wren (stokesii); South Island Bush Wren (longipes); Stewart Island/Stead’s Bush Wren (variabilis)

Taxonomy: Motacilla longipes J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Dusky Sound, South Island, New Zealand.
Race stokesii known only from three museum skins and few sightings. Race that formerly occupied Stewart I uncertain, assumed to be variabilis, which described from offshore islets. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • stokesii G. R. Gray, 1862 - North I, New Zealand.
  • longipes (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - South I.
  • variabilis Stead, 1936 - Stewart I and outliers.

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