Definitions

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  • n. Either of two extinct passerine songbirds of New Zealand: the North Island piopio (Turnagra tanagra) and South Island piopio (Turnagra capensis).

Etymologies

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Maori

Examples

  • Extirpated species include birds such as the South Island subspecies of the endangered kokako (Callaeas cinerea cinerea) and the extinct piopio (Turnagra capensis), the grayling fish (Prototroctes oxyrhynchus), and plants like Stellaria elantinoides.

    Southland temperate forests

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  • An olive-brown thrush-like songbird, Turnagra capensis, which once inhabited New Zealand but was probably extinct by the mid-20th century. The piopio was of uncertain taxonomic position and has been variously placed in the families Turnagridae, Pachycephalidae, and Paradisaeidae.

    July 30, 2008