New Zealand Pipit

Maori Name: 
Pihoihoi
Scientific Name: 
Anthus novaeseelandiae
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19 cm, 40 g. Like Skylark, including white outer tail feathers, but more slender and has the distinctive habit of frequently flicking its long tail up and down. Head and upperparts brown, streaked darker; prominent white eyebrow; underparts whitish, streaked brown on breast. Runs and walks jerkily on long legs; often flies a short distance ahead, calling a shrill ''scree'' or drawn-out ''zwee''. Habitat: Open habitats from coast to alpine tops, but avoids intensively farmed areas; mainly near coast, on shingle riverbeds, gravel roads, and scree slopes. Breeding: Aug-Mar.

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