Hihi, or stitchbird

A spectacular and very active bird. The more colourful male is shown here. Hihi have been absent from the Waitakeres for over 100 years, until the translocation of populations from Tirititiri Matangi island in 2007 and 2008. The song heard here is the male's territorial call. There is a second type of call, the short/sharp alarm call, which has been likened to the sound of two marbles being struck together, and has lead to the name of 'stitch' bird. Click [here] to hear this call.

Photograph: Eric Wilson

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