New Zealand thrushPiopio

Conservation status

Often considered the native song thrush, the piopio was split into North and South Island species in 2012. The early naturalist Walter Buller said the piopio was "unquestionably the best of our native songsters" and they were reportedly capable of mimicking other birds. The last official records of piopio come from 1902 (North Island) and 1905 (South Island), with reports of sightings continuing into the 1970s.

Campaign Manager

Annemieke Hendriks

You've probably never heard of a piopio and they're extinct, so why should you care about this underbird? Piopio were said to be New Zealand's best songbird making more melodies more amazing than tui, bellbird or kokako! If we don't take time to recognise what we've lost, we won't recognise what we have left! So let's celebrate the piopio, the only true underbird in this election! #piopio

New Zealand thrush

Illustration By J. G. Keulemans