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|color={{Taxobox_colour|[[Animalia]]}}
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| name = Stitchbird
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| image = Male stitchbird.JPG
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| image_width = 230px
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| image_caption = Male
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| image2 = Hihi (Stitchbird)-1.jpg
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| image2_caption = Female in typical 'tail cocked' stance.
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| image2_width = 230px
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| status = VU
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| status_system = IUCN3.1
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| status_ref = <ref>{{IUCN|id=22704154 |title=''Notiomystis cincta'' |assessors=[[BirdLife International]] |version=2013.2 |year=2013 |accessdate=26 November 2013}}</ref>
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| taxon = Notiomystis cincta
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| great_grandparent_authority = Driskell ''et al.'', 2007
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| genus = Notiomystis
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| parent_authority = [[Charles Wallace Richmond|Richmond]], 1908
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| species = cincta
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| authority = ([[Bernard-Aime Leonard Du Bus de Gisignies|Du Bus de Gisignies]], 1839)
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}}
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The '''stitchbird''' or '''hihi''' (''Notiomystis cincta'') is a rare [[honeyeater]]-like [[bird]] [[endemic (ecology)|endemic]] to the [[North Island]] and adjacent offshore islands of [[New Zealand]]. It became [[local extinction|extirpated]] everywhere except [[Little Barrier Island]] but has been reintroduced to three other island sanctuaries and two locations on the North Island mainland. Its evolutionary relationships have long puzzled [[ornithologist]]s, but it is now classed as the only member of its own [[Family (biology)|family]], the '''Notiomystidae'''.
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==Other names==
 
==Other names==
 
==Description==
 
==Description==

Latest revision as of 20:08, December 5, 2014

Stitchbird
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Male
230px
Female in typical 'tail cocked' stance.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Family: Notiomystidae
Genus: Notiomystis
Richmond, 1908
Species: N. cincta
Binomial name
Notiomystis cincta
(Du Bus de Gisignies, 1839)

The stitchbird or hihi (Notiomystis cincta) is a rare honeyeater-like bird endemic to the North Island and adjacent offshore islands of New Zealand. It became extirpated everywhere except Little Barrier Island but has been reintroduced to three other island sanctuaries and two locations on the North Island mainland. Its evolutionary relationships have long puzzled ornithologists, but it is now classed as the only member of its own family, the Notiomystidae.

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