Conservation status
In serious trouble

The common name of this bird is believed to come from their high-pitched zit tzit whistle. They have a curved bill and a long tongue that is used to reach deeply into flowers to brush nectar to eat. To support these birds, nectar feeders and artificial nest boxes are sometimes added to the forest.

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LifeDirect was started with one goal in mind: to make life better for Kiwis (the people, not the bird). Now, by putting ourselves squarely in the hihi camp, we believe we can make life better for one of New Zealand's rarest birds as well. The hihi, or stitchbird, is a gorgeous songbird (the male looks like it's gone head-first into a coal pile), a dazzling example of our unique birdlife - and something worth protecting. To us, their century-old plight highlights that, while laughter can be the best medicine (they'll have you in stitches), a property recovery plan is still the best option for these little creatures. #TeamHihi

LifeDirect hihi profile pic 2021

Photo: jgraham