Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Tomtit (Petroica macrocephala) - HBW 12, p. 484

French: Miro mésange German: Maorischnäpper Spanish: Petroica Carbonera
Other common names: New Zealand Tit/Tomtit, Pied/Yellow-breasted Tit; South Island Tit (macrocephala); White-breasted tit (toitoi); Chatham Island Tit (chathamensis); Auckland Island Tit (marrineri); Black/Snares Tit (dannefaerdi)

Taxonomy: Parus macrocephalus J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand.
Forms a species group with P. boodang and P. multicolor. Relationship of nominate race of latter with present species requires investigation. Has been proposed that races should each be elevated to rank of species, for purpose of consistency with treatment accorded to mainland P. australis and its insular derivative P. traversi. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • toitoi (Lesson, 1828) - North I and adjacent islands (Hen and Chickens, Little Barrier, Great Barrier, Kapiti), in N New Zealand.
  • macrocephala (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - South I, Stewart I and outlying islands (including D’Urville, Pickersgill, Resolution, Codfish and South Cape).
  • dannefaerdi (Rothschild, 1894) - Snares Is (Snares I, Broughton I).

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  • toitoi (Lesson, 1828) - North I and adjacent islands (Hen and Chickens, Little Barrier, Great Barrier, Kapiti), in N New Zealand.
  • macrocephala (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - South I, Stewart I and outlying islands (including D’Urville, Pickersgill, Resolution, Codfish and South Cape).
  • dannefaerdi (Rothschild, 1894) - Snares Is (Snares I, Broughton I).
  • marrineri (Mathews & Iredale, 1913) - Auckland Is (Enderby, Ewing, Rose, Ocean, Adams, Auckland).
  • chathamensis C. A. Fleming, 1950 - Chatham Is (Pitt I, Rangatira I, Mangere I, occasionally also Little Mangere I).