South Island, New Zealand.
Long treated as a colour morph of C. auriceps but now generally recognized as a separate species#R on basis mainly of assortative mating#R and bill morphology#R, backed up by molecular data#R. Form hochstetteri of C. novaezelandiae has been treated as race of present species#R, apparently in error. Monotypic.
Formerly scattered through most of New Zealand; now confined to N South I. Translocated to several islands off South I (Chalky, Maud, Blumine) and off North I (Tuhua)#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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