One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The New Zealand tomtit, Petroica macrocephala (family Eopsaltridae), especially a black and white subspecies, P. macrocephala toitoi, of the North Island. Also (occasionally) (perhaps by confusion): the New Zealand robin, P. australis.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Edward Gray (1800–1875), zoologist and museum curator. From Maori miromiro tomtit, reduplicated form of miro: see miro.
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