Brown Creeper, Pīpipi

Mohoua novaeseelandiae
Bird Songs
Brown Creeper song


New Zealand status: Endemic

Conservation status: Not Threatened

Brown Creepers/pīpipi are found in a wide range of forest and shrubland habitats throughout the South Island and Stewart Island. Often the first sign is a large chattering flock high in the forest canopy. They can be attracted by squeaking or 'pishing', but do not stay long as the flock moves on through the canopy. Once sighted the grey face, reddish brown crown and wings, and buff underparts are distinctive.

They are not common in Dunedin, but flocks can be seen in the Town Belt, Woodhaugh Gardens, Ross Creek Reserve, Signal Hill Reserve, and around Mount Cargill.

Brown Creeper adult. Credit: Oscar Thomas