13 October, 2009


Scientific Name: Notiomystis cincta

Population Estimate: 500 - 2K individuals, Vulnerable status

Range / Habitat: Endemic to New Zealand and extinct in the wild on the mainland, this bird has been gradually reintroduced to island and mainland sanctuaries with some success. Habitat preference is native forest.

Field Notes: Small birds with decurved bill and frequently cocked tail. Male with coloration as above. Female drab brown with white wingbar. Named for characteristic sound, a high-pitched and quick "stitch."

Personal Notes: Seen on Kapiti Island and Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington. Maori name Hihi.

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