Male Stitchbird, Mount Bruce
The stitchbird/hihi (Notiomystis cincta) is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds. A medium-sized forest species, hihi compete with tui and bellbirds for nectar, insects and small fruits.
But apart from diet, hihi share few qualities with tui and bellbird, which are members of the honeyeater family. Recent DNA analysis has shown that hihi are in fact the sole representative of another bird family found only in New Zealand whose closest relatives may be the iconic wattlebirds that include kokako, saddleback and the extinct huia.
Did you know hihi are the sole representative of a bird family found only in NZ? Learn more about hihi in this section.
The threats to hihi are numerous. Find out how this endangered bird is now faring.
DOC's recovery plan for hihi/stitchbird includes building five self-sustaining populations. Learn what other ways DOC is working to protect this endangered species.
Learn ways you can become involved in hihi conservation.
Watch videos about stitchbird/hihi.
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