South Island saddleback

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South Island saddleback
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Infraclass: Neognathae
Superorder: Neoaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Passerida
Family: Callaeidae
Genus: Philesturnus
Species: P. carunculatus
Binomial name
Philesturnus carunculatus
(Gmelin, 1789)

Creadion carunculatus
Philesturnus carunculatus carunculatus

The South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus) is a forest bird which is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand. Both the North Island saddleback and this species were formerly considered conspecific.

Today, thanks to careful management by the Department of Conservation (DOC), the South Island saddleback population is about 700, spread over eleven small islands, from the original 36 birds transferred from Big South Cape Island.


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