Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

New Zealand Robin (Petroica australis) - HBW 12, p. 485

French: Miro rubisole German: Langbeinschnäpper Spanish: Petroica Neozelandesa
Other common names: Bush Robin, New Zealand Robin-flycatcher; North Island Robin (longipes); South Island Robin (australis)

Taxonomy: Turdus australis Sparrman, 1788, Dusky Sound, South Island, New Zealand.
This species and its melanistic insular relative P. traversi are sometimes placed in a separate genus, Miro. North I form, longipes, has been considered a separate species, and recent molecular work supports this split. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • longipes (Lesson & Garnot, 1827) - N New Zealand: North I, Little Barrier I and Kapiti I.
  • australis (Sparrman, 1788) - South I (S New Zealand).
  • rakiura C. A. Fleming, 1950 - Stewart I, off S South I.